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- The Joys of South African Wine - De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc 2013 Stellenbosch 25/08/14
- The Joys of South African Wine - The Chocolate Block 2012 Boekenhoutskloof 25/08/14
- The Joys of South African Wine - Rustenberg John X Merriman 2011 Stellenbosch 25/08/14
- The Joys of South African Wine - Kanonkop Pinotage 2011 Stellenbosch 25/08/14
- The Joys of South African Wine - Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Stellenbosch 25/08/14
- The Joys of South African Wine - Vergelegen 'The Red' 2009 Stellenbosch 23/08/14
- The Joys of South African Wine 23/08/14
- Prestige Italian Reds! - Sassicaia 2011 Tenuta San Guido 18/08/14
- Prestige Italian Reds! - Dagromis Barolo 2008 Gaja 18/08/14
- Prestige Italian Reds! - Isole e Olena Cepparello 2008 18/08/14
- Prestige Italian Reds! - Flaccianello della Pieve 2009 18/08/14
- Prestige Italian Reds! - Masi 'Campolongo di Torbe' Amarone Classico 2007 18/08/14
- Prestige Italian Reds! - Tignanello 2011 18/08/14
- Prestige Champagnes 03/08/14
- Prestige Champagnes 03/08/14
- Prestige Champagnes 03/08/14
- Prestige Champagnes 03/08/14
- Prestige Champagnes 03/08/14
- Prestige Champagnes 03/08/14
- Prestige Champagnes 03/08/14
- Prestige Champagnes 03/08/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Tignanello 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Cuvée de Richard Rouge 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Pouilly Fume Jean Vincent 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Absolut Vodka 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Eguia Reserva 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Bollinger GrandeAnnée 2004 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Pol Roger NV 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Château Barde-Haut 2001 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2013, Louis Jadot 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Dom Perignon 2004 Jeff Koons edition 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Potel Bourgongne Chardonnay 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Johnny Walker Black Label 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Heidsieck & Co.Monopole Brut NV 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - J de Telmont Grande Réserve NV 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Château Labégorce 2000 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Minuty Rose 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - La Marca Treviso 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Cloudy Bay Sauvignon 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Cave de Lugny 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Frozen Water 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Cuvée de Richard Blanc 2013 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Richard Hennessy 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Macon Lugny 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Latour 1989 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Ruinart Rosé NV 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Laurent-Perrier RoséNV 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Prosecco Zonin Brut NV 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Laurent-Perrier Brut NV 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Dom Perignon 2004 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Prosecco Corte Alta NV 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Nicolas Feuillatte NV 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Taittinger Brut Réserve NV 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Peroni Nastro Azzurro 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Bollinger SpecialCuvée NV 28/07/14
- Top 50 Best Sellers - Veuve Clicquot Brut NV 28/07/14
- Argento Malbec 2013, Mendoza 26/06/14
- Viñalba Reservado Malbec 2012, Mendoza 26/06/14
- Sipsmith Summer Cup!!!!! 26/06/14
- Miraval Rosé 2013, Côtes de Provence 26/06/14
- Back in stock - Minuty Cuvée Prestige 2013, Côtes de Provence 26/06/14
- Château Méaume 2010, Bordeaux Supérieur 26/06/14
- Back in stock - Dreams Chardonnay 2009, Jermann 26/06/14
- Back in stock - Domaines Ott Château Romassan Rosé 2013, Bandol 26/06/14
- Back in stock - Château de Tracy 2012, Pouilly-Fumé 26/06/14
- Back in stock - 50505 23/06/14
- Back in stock - Puligny-Montrachet 2012, Jean- Louis Chavy 23/06/14
- Back in stock - Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavaillon 2011, Jean-Louis Chavy 23/06/14
- Back in stock - Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Perrières 2010, Jean-Louis Chavy 23/06/14
- Back in stock - Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières 2011, Jean-Louis Chavy 23/06/14
- Back in stock - St-Aubin 1er Cru 2010, Domaine Vincent Prunier 23/06/14
- Back in stock - Decoy Zinfandel 2012, Duckhorn, Sonoma County 23/06/14
- Back in stock - Au Bon Climat 'Bien Nacido' Chardonnay 2010, Santa Maria Valley 23/06/14
- Back in stock - Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2012, Napa Valley & Carneros 23/06/14
- Back in stock - Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 'Artemis' Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Napa Valley 23/06/14
- Back in stock - Saintsbury Pinot Noir 2011, Carneros 23/06/14
- Back in stock - Au Bon Climat Chardonnay 2012, Santa Barbara 23/06/14
- Back in stock - Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 'Fay' 2010, Napa Valley 23/06/14
- Back in stock - Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2012 23/06/14
- Back in stock - Rioja Reserva 2009, Marqués de Riscal 23/06/14
- Back in stock - Tignanello 2011 Antinori 23/06/14
- The Best from Provence - Minuty Cuvée Prestige 2013, Côtes de Provence 17/06/14
- The Best from Provence - Miraval Rosé 2013, Côtes de Provence 17/06/14
- The Best from Provence - Domaines Ott Chateau Romassan Rosé 2013 Bandol 17/06/14
- Top Whisky Deals - Bowmore 12 Year Old 17/06/14
- Top Whisky Deals - Glenlivet 12 Year Old 17/06/14
- Top Whisky Deals - Glenfiddich 12 Year Old 17/06/14
- Top Whisky Deals - Highland Park 12 Year Old 17/06/14
- Top Whisky Deals - Monkey Shoulder 17/06/14
- 33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV,Franciacorta DOCG 16/06/14
- 33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Bouvet Saumur Rosé Brut NV 16/06/14
- 33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Bouvet Ladubay Saumur NV 16/06/14
- 33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV 16/06/14
- 33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Prosecco La Marca Treviso Extra Dry NV 16/06/14
- 33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Prosecco Zonin Brut NV 16/06/14
- 33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Lindauer Special Reserve NV 16/06/14
- 33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Lindauer Brut Cuvée NV 16/06/14
- 33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rosé NV 16/06/14
- 33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV 16/06/14
- 33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV 16/06/14
- 33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé NV 16/06/14
- 33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Veuve Clicquot Rosé NV 16/06/14
- 33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Pol Roger Réserve NV 16/06/14
- 33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Laurent-Perrier Brut NV 16/06/14
- 33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV 16/06/14
- 33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV 16/06/14
- 33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Canard-Duchêne Brut NV 16/06/14
- 33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - J de Telmont Grande Réserve NV 16/06/14
- 33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Nicolas Feuillatte 2006 16/06/14
- "A Bottle Of Our Finest..." - Echézeaux 1995, Domaine Romanée-Conti 15/06/14
- "A Bottle Of Our Finest..." - Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1982 15/06/14
- On the tasting counter today - "La Difese" 2011, Tenuta San Guido 12/06/14
- On the tasting counter today - Gavi Araldica 2013 12/06/14
- On the tasting counter today - Rosso di Montepulciano 2012, Poliziano 12/06/14
- On the tasting counter today - Marques de Caceres Reserva 2009 12/06/14
- On the tasting counter today - Custoza 2013, Cantina di Custoza 12/06/14
- On the tasting counter today - King's Legacy Chardonnay 12/06/14
- New Arrival - Meursault 2012, Henri Boillot 12/06/14
- Back in stock - Au Bon Climat "Isabelle" Pinot Noir 2011 12/06/14
- Back in stock - Beringer Napa Cabernet 2010 12/06/14
- Back in stock - Cervaro Antinori 2010, 12/06/14
- Open in our Enomatic machine - Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2011, Marlborough 28/05/14
- Open in our Enomatic machine - Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2011, Marlborough 28/05/14
- Open in our Enomatic machine - Greywacke Riesling 2012, Marlborough 28/05/14
- Open in our Enomatic machine - Meursault 1er Cru 'Les Poruzots' 2010, Buisson-Battault 28/05/14
- Good old Champagne - Dom Perignon Oenothèque 1995 27/05/14
- Good old Champagne - Dom Ruinart 1998 27/05/14
- New Arrivals! - Château Plince 2010, Pomerol 26/05/14
- Back in stock - Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes 2010, Domaine Philippe Colin 26/05/14
- Back in stock - Cheval des Andes 2007, Argentina 26/05/14
- Back in stock - Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 'Karia' Chardonnay 2011, Napa Valley 26/05/14
- Back in stock - Sancerre ‘Les Romains’ 2012, Domaine Vacheron 26/05/14
- Back in stock - Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2009, Clos Saint Jean 26/05/14
- Back in stock - Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2011 23/05/14
- Back in stock - Cervaro Antinori 2010, 23/05/14
- Back in stock - Puligny-Montrachet 2002, Jean-Marc Boillot 23/05/14
- New Arrivals - Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2011, Humbert Frères 23/05/14
- New Arrivals! - Grands-Echézeaux 2009, Maison Roche de Bellene 23/05/14
- New Arrivals! - Chambolle-Musigny 2009, Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux 23/05/14
- New Arrivals! - Beaune 1er Cru Les Sizies 2010, Domaine de Montille 23/05/14
- New Arrivals! - Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2009, Pauillac, 5ème Cru Classé 21/05/14
- New Arrivals! - Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux 1998 21/05/14
- New Arrivals! - Château Langoa-Barton 2010, St-Julien 21/05/14
- New Arrivals! - Château La Croix de Gay 2005, Pomerol 21/05/14
- Its getting OTT in here - Domaines Ott Château Romassan Rosé 2013 Bandol 20/05/14
- Sherry Time - Pedro's Almacenista Selection Amontillado 19/05/14
- Sherry Time - Pedro's Almacenista Selection Palo Cortado 19/05/14
- Sherry Time - Pedro's Almacenista Selection Oloroso 19/05/14
- Sherry Time - Manzanilla Pasada Pastrana NV, Hidalgo 19/05/14
- Sherry Time - Amontillado Seco Napoleon, Hidalgo SHERRY Palomino - 19/05/14
- Sherry Time - Apostoles 30-Year-Old Palo Cortado, Gonzalez Byass, Half bottle 19/05/14
- Sherry Time - Noe 30-Year-Old Pedro Ximenez, Gonzalez Byass, Half bottle 19/05/14
- Sherry Time - Pedro Ximenez 1985, Bodegas Toro Abala, Half bottle 19/05/14
- On the tasting counter today - Fleurie 2011 Domaine des Nugues 18/05/14
- On the tasting counter today - Parcel Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Maipo Valley 18/05/14
- On the tasting counter today - Etoile de Mer Rosé 2013 Lubéron 18/05/14
- On the tasting counter today - Gavi 2013, Araldica 18/05/14
- On the tasting counter today - Mudhouse Sauvignon Blanc 2013 18/05/14
- Gavi DOCG 17/05/14
- Open at our summer tasting! - Clos L’Abeilley 2011, Sauternes, Half bottle 12/05/14
- Open at our summer tasting! - Brown Brothers Orange Muscat and Flora 2012, Victoria 12/05/14
- Open at our summer tasting! - Château Sénéjac 2005, Haut- Médoc 12/05/14
- Open at our summer tasting! - Rioja Gran Reserva ‘Torre Aldea’ 2006, Viñedos de Aldeanueva 12/05/14
- Open at our summer tasting! - Parcel Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Maipo Valley 12/05/14
- Open at our summer tasting! - Foxen Pinot Noir 2012, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara 12/05/14
- Open at our summer tasting! - First Class Pinot Noir 2013, Casablanca Valley 12/05/14
- Open at our summer tasting! - Etoile de Mer Rosé 2013, Luberon 12/05/14
- On the tasting counter today - Greywacke Riesling 2012, Marlborough 12/05/14
- Open at our summer tasting! - Meursault 1er Cru 'Les Poruzots' 2011, Buisson-Battault 12/05/14
- Open at our summer tasting! - Montagny 1er Cru 'Les Millières' 2009, Cave des Vignerons de Buxy 12/05/14
- Open at our summer tasting! - Laurent Miquel L'Artisan Chardonnay 2011, PGI Pays d'Oc 12/05/14
- Open at our summer tasting! - Pouilly-Fumé 2012, Jean Vincent 12/05/14
- Open at our summer tasting! - Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009, England 12/05/14
- Bianco di Custoza 10/05/14
- Meursault 2011, Nicolas Potel 09/05/14
- Clos Saint-Denis AOC 08/05/14
- French AOC Cheeses - Livarot 08/05/14
- On the tasting counter today - Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2012/13, M.Chapoutier 07/05/14
- On the tasting counter today - Rioja Gran Reserva 2004, Viña Eguía 07/05/14
- On the tasting counter today - The Scribbler 2010, Yalumba 07/05/14
- On the tasting counter today - Cousiño-Macul Antiguas Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Maipo Valley 07/05/14
- On the tasting counter today - Gavi 2013, La Toledana 07/05/14
- Château Climens 2009, Barsac, Half bottle 06/05/14
- Last Bottle!!!!! - Chablis Grand Cru 2012, Vocoret 06/05/14
- Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2011, Marlborough 05/05/14
- Numanthia 2008 05/05/14
- Terrazas de los Andes 'Las Compuertas' Malbec 2009, Mendoza 05/05/14
- Cheval des Andes 2007, Argentina 05/05/14
- Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay 2013, Central Valley 05/05/14
- Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Maipo Valley 05/05/14
- Errazuriz Estate Series Pinot Noir 2012, Valle de Aconcagua 05/05/14
- Rioja Gran Reserva 2004, Viña Eguía 05/05/14
- The Scribbler 2010, Yalumba 05/05/14
- Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2011, Casablanca Valley 05/05/14
- Pouilly-Fumé 2012, Jean Vincent 05/05/14
- Stella Alpina Chardonnay 2012, DOC Alto Adige 05/05/14
- Fixin AOC 30/04/14
- Brouilly AOC 30/04/14
- Classed Growths - Château Kirwan - Troisièmes Crus 28/04/14
- Volnay AOC 28/04/14
- Classed Growths - Château Duhart-Milon - Quatrièmes Crus 28/04/14
- Franciacorta DOCG 27/04/14
- Costières de Nîmes AOC 26/04/14
- French AOC Cheeses - Brie de Meaux 26/04/14
- Classed Growths - Château Talbot - Quatrièmes Crus 26/04/14
- Hamilton Block Coonawarra Cabernet 19/04/14
- Glenmorangie 11/04/14
- Easter Opening Hours 10/04/14
- Hine 10/04/14
- Regional Focus - Bierzo 05/04/14
- Mothers' Day Magical Offers 24/03/14
- Wine of the Week - Matsu El Recio 2011, Toro. 24/03/14
- Guigal Condrieu 2011 21/03/14
- Vin de Constance 06/03/14
- Premium Spirits 03/03/14
- Malbec Luigi Bosca 02/03/14
- Portillo Malbec 02/03/14
- Focus on Malbec 02/03/14
- Wine of the Week - Paulett's Riesling 2011 17/02/14
- Wine of the Week - Catena Alta Chardonnay 2011, Mendoza 11/02/14
- Wine of the Week - Cloudy Bay Te Koko 2011 04/02/14
- Wine of the Week - Masi Costasera Amarone 2007 29/01/14
- Château Hosanna 16/01/14
- Harper's Q & A with Steve Lewis - Review of 2013 09/01/14
- Wine of the Week - Chateau Plince 2010, Pomerol 09/01/14
- Robert Parker's Sonoma Valley Review 2009-2012 09/01/14
- Remy CEO Leaves after 3 months in charge 05/01/14
- Wine of the Week - The Chocolate Block 2012 30/12/13
- Burgundy & Tuscany on the Rise 29/12/13
- Wine of the Week - Beringer Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 28/11/13
- Dont miss out on the deals 27/10/13
- What did the Romans ever do for us? 25/10/13
- Zinfandel 15/10/13
- Producer Focus - Qupe 13/10/13
- Fine Wine of the Week - Chateau Musar 2005, Lebanon 12/10/13
- Masi Campolongo 09/10/13
- Producer Focus - Isole e Olena 07/10/13
- Ten Minutes by Tractor 05/10/13
- Does vintage matter? 20/09/13
- Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2004 - It's a no-brainer! 19/09/13
- Pinotage 18/09/13
- AU BON CLIMAT 'BIEN NACIDO' CHARDONNAY, SANTA MARIA VALLEY 12/09/13
- Chardonnay Week! 06/09/13
- Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 03/09/13
- Moet Hennessey products back in stock! 28/08/13
- Château Grand Faurie La Rose 2007, St-Emilion Grand Cru 28/08/13
- Nebs flying visit 27/08/13
- Does size matter? 16/08/13
- Chateau Haut-Batailley 2008 Pauillac 5th growth Cru Classé 15/08/13
- Zinfandel? 12/08/13
- Château Pigoudet La Chapelle Blanc 2012, Aix en Provence 12/08/13
- We're open despite the scaffolding! 12/08/13
- New Fine Wines to Feast on! 09/08/13
- Interested in a FREE food + wine evening 07/08/13
- Picks of the bunch - special offers 06/08/13
- Jim Barry 'The McRae Wood' Shiraz 2009, Clare Valley 05/08/13
- Back of store revamp 04/08/13
- Weekend road closures 03/08/13
- Dream Chardonnay? 01/08/13
- Do angels really exist? 22/07/13
- Producer Focus - Sassicaia 04/07/13
- Dom Perignon 2004 - coming soon... 03/07/13
- 5 things you didn't know about Rose! 26/06/13
- Producer Focus - Château Talbot St-Julien 08/06/13
- Te Mata Cape Crest Sauvignon 06/06/13
- Producer Focus - Chateau Leoville Las Cases, St. Julien 05/06/13
- Party service you say? 02/06/13
- Vino Nobile di Montepulciano ‘La Ciarliana’ now on the tasting counter 28/05/13
- Henri Boillot's Meursault 24/05/13
- Iconic Rosé 23/05/13
- Stunning Sangiovese 19/05/13
- Sublime Rose 14/05/13
- Summer Tasting - What to expect 13/05/13
- On the Tasting Counter - Perfect Pinot Noir! 11/05/13
- A taste of Italy 05/05/13
- Highlight from the tasting counter 04/05/13
- Wine of the Week: Rustenberg Roussanne 2011 14/04/13
- Fine Wine Friday: Catena Alta Malbec 2009 05/04/13
- Wine of the Week: Corimbo Ribera del Duero 2009 04/04/13
- Wines of Spain tasting week 04/04/13
- We are closed on Easter Sunday 28/03/13
- Easter Offers 24/03/13
- Conde de Valdemar Rioja Parcel 24/03/13
- 2004 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 13/03/13
- Mothers Day Reminder! 03/03/13
- Wine Relief 02/03/13
- Beer of the Week: Anchor Steam Beer 18/02/13
- Wines of New Zealand Tasting Week 15/02/13
- The Spain and Italy Week - Our Favourites 10/02/13
- Premium Hennessy Cognacs now available 07/02/13
- Wine Trivia #1 12/01/13
- Top 5 Ways to Match Food and Wine 12/01/13
- Christmas Delivery Information 03/12/12
- Trade Customer? 06/10/12
- Vega Sicilia 16/08/12
- Why doesn't wine taste of grapes #1 - Malo 28/07/12
- Napa Valley in a nut-shell 24/07/12
- The sun's out... Time for some Rosé? 20/07/12
- Perfect Puligny! 14/07/12
- Rich, opulent, hedonistic and gorgeous! 13/07/12
- Bolly, darling! 11/07/12
- Pinot Pinot everywhere 09/07/12
- Margaux Vs St Emillion 07/07/12
- Deliveries over the Olympics 05/07/12
- Louis Roederer Vintage Champagne 2004 19/05/12
- Californ-I.A.!! 09/05/12
- Great British Fizz! 27/04/12
- Château Palmer 19/04/12
- New style sampling at Majestic Mayfair 18/01/12
- Ridge Vineyards 31/10/11
- Wines shipped, world-wide 25/06/11
The Joys of South African Wine - De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc 2013 StellenboschDate published: 25/08/14
Of these, one of our best sellers and store favorites is the De Morgenzon 2013 Stellenbosch.
Recently opened on our the tasting counter this wine won a lot of acclaim, especially with those of us who were not particularly fans of Chenin Blanc.
Made solely from Chenin Blanc.
Situated on slopes stretching from around 200-400 metres above sea level, 'The Morning Sun' vineyards are so named as they are the first parts of the Stellenbosch valley to receive the sun's light each day.
This Chenin is gloriously rich, with fermentation in barrel and lees ageing adding notes of honey on top of the rich oak and dazzling tropical fruit.
A powerful and full-bodied white like this really needs food, and would really suit a hearty roasted pork belly dish.A very impressive wine and an absolute bargain at £16.99 each when you buy 2 or more.
The Joys of South African Wine - The Chocolate Block 2012 BoekenhoutskloofDate published: 25/08/14
Of these, one of our best sellers and store favorites is 'The Chocolate Block' 2012, Boekenhoutskloof, Western Cape.Made from a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cab. Sauvignon, Cinsault, Viognier.
An exciting blend of 5 grape varieties, from innovative winemaker MarcKent. Dominated by around 67% Syrah, the grapes come from several specially selected blocks of vines on Boukenhoutskloof's estate, fermented and aged for up to 18 months in old French oak.An earthy, rustic nose gives up aromas of leather, earth and spices over a backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. Harmonious and powerful on the palate, with a cocoa and pepper complexity. Most at home with spice-rubbed steaks, roast rib of beef, or game dishes.
A very impressive and exciting wine that truly shows what South African wine can achieve and whats more a bargain at £22.00 each when you buy 2 or more.
The Joys of South African Wine - Rustenberg John X Merriman 2011 Stellenbosch Date published: 25/08/14
Of these, the Rustenberg John X Merriman 2011 Stellenbosch is a classic claret styled wine from a very respected and history winery.Made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
The name commemorates John Xavier Merriman (1841 - 1926), who purchased a farm in 1892 which later became Rustenberg Wines. He was the last Prime Minister of the Cape Colony before the formation of the Union of South Africa in 1910.
Intense blackberry, blackcurrant, undertones of mint, spice and cigar box on the nose. On the palate are plenty of blackcurrant and cassis, fresh mint, subtle oak and soft tannins.
This wine suits robust meat dishes, especially beef and lamb.
A very impressive wine and a bargain at £17.
The Joys of South African Wine - Kanonkop Pinotage 2011 StellenboschDate published: 25/08/14
Of these, one of our best offering for a taste of South Africa is the Kanonkop Pinotage 2011, from Stellenbosch.
Pinotage is a red wine grape that is South Africa's signature variety. It is a cross between Pinot noir and Cinsaut (Cinsaut was known as "Hermitage" in South Africa during that time, hence the name of Pinotage).
Kanonkop is undoubtedly one of the top estates in South Africa and their highly sought after Pinotage shows this South African variety, a crossing between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, at its best.
Full-bodied and concentrated with lashings of spicy oak integrated seamlessly in with the ripe fruits, red and black berries, raspberry, plum and hints of banana.
Whilst drinking well now, this wine will benefit from a few years of bottle age. Pinotage is a good match for stews or barbecued meat.
A very interesting and impressive wine and a bargain at £30.00 each when you buy 2 or more.
The Joys of South African Wine - Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 StellenboschDate published: 25/08/14
Of these prestige South African wines, one of our classic's is the Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon.
Kanonkop is one of the top estates in South Africa. Situated on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in Stellenbosch, the vineyards enjoy both a maritime climate and vines with an average age of 26 years. The soil is predominantly red granite.
Made from Cabernet Sauvignon and with a deep ruby colour, a full bodied wine with spicy mocha, chocolate and tea leaf flavours, with well-defined, chewy blackcurrant fruit and a balanced tannic structure leading to a long and dry finish.
This wine favours rich meat dishes and cheeses and will reward a further 5 years of bottle maturation.
A classic wine and a bargain at £22.00 each when you buy 2 or more.
The Joys of South African Wine - Vergelegen 'The Red' 2009 StellenboschDate published: 23/08/14
Of these, one of our best sellers and store favorites is 'The Red' by Vergelegen 2009 Stellenbosch.Made from a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
One of South Africa's premier wine estates, Vergelegen is committed to sustainable viticulture and environmental management. Grapes for 'The Red' are only grown in the Rondekop vineyard unirrigated vines. Matured in 100% new oak barrels for 24 months before being released.
Aromas of ripe cassis, spice, red berries, toasted oak, vanilla and hints of savory leather on the nose, a structured body of tannins and acidity with layers of cassis fruit. A long, elegant finish.
A very impressive wine and a bargain at £30.00 each when you buy 2 or more.
The Joys of South African Wine Date published: 23/08/14
Our newest feature is dedicated to our finest South African wines.
South Africa is considered a new world country with regards to wine. However South African wine has a history dating back to 1659, Which is around the same time that Bordeaux most famous plots of wine producing land was drained. So it has the heritage but dose it have the climate and Terroir? Well in short, yes! The climate benefits from the Atlantic and Indian oceans crashing together around the cape which creates very cool winds which blow in land cooling the vines , the cape is even nicknamed the 'the Cape of Storms' and any one who has been there can not have helped noticing these very blustery cool winds. This allows for every thing from robust Shiraz to the very delicate Pinot Noir with great wines from each being produced, simple achieved by using different regions and plot selection for different grape variety's.
Despite all of this it is my personal opinion that very fine South African wines do not seem to be held in the same high regard as the fine wines of the old or new world. This seems to be true of the majority of both wine experts and the fine wine consuming public, which is unjustified when taking into account the quality, complexity and value for money that the cream of these wine offer.
The only benefit of the unjustified proliferating opinion is that these very fine South African wines, currently represent a really amazing value for money that is hard to compete with.
Watch out for reviews of our finest examples of the these wonderful South African wines to follow shortly.
Prestige Italian Reds! - Sassicaia 2011 Tenuta San GuidoDate published: 18/08/14
Finally concluding our feature, which has been dedicated to our finest Italian red wines.
Of these, one of our all time best offerings is the Sassicaia 2011 Tenuta San Guido.
One of the original Super Tuscan's and arguably one of Italy's most famous and coveted wines.
Made from a blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Dark and brooding on the nose, with notes of black berries, violets, clove, tobacco and a hint of wood-smoke. The palate is more expressive, showing great depth and concentration, but also an ethereal floral note and sweet spice, framed by very masculine tannins and mouthwatering acidity. Reined in, taut and elegant, this is a wine built for the long haul; it needs a lot time to unwind, but also shows a great deal of potential.
A very impressive wine and a bargain at £135.00
Prestige Italian Reds! - Dagromis Barolo 2008 GajaDate published: 18/08/14
Continuing our newest feature which is dedicated to our finest Italian red wines.
Of these, one of our best offerings is the Dagromis Barolo 2008 Gaja.
Made solely from Nebbiolo.
This fine Barolo is named after the Gromis family, previous owners of the vineyard from whence it comes. Now owned by Gaja, its fruit is blended with that of another top quality vineyard in Serralunga, and is aged for a total of 24 months in oak, around half in barrique and half in old oak casks. A powerful, dense, yet lifted and floral wine, nuanced with licquorice and herb notes.
A very impressive wine and a bargain at £45.00
Prestige Italian Reds! - Isole e Olena Cepparello 2008Date published: 18/08/14
Continuing our newest feature which is dedicated to our finest Italian red wines.
Of these, one of our best offerings is the Isole e Olena Cepparello 2008 from Tuscany.
Made solely from Sangiovese.
"The 2008 Cepparello emerges from the glass with sweet herbs, flowers, mint and licorice. There is a distinctly high-toned register to the 2008 that is largely the result of a year with very cold temperatures in the final phase of ripening. This mid-weight Cepparello stands apart for its pure energy and drive. Though outstanding today, the 2008 also appears to have plenty of potential for the future. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2029". 92+ points. Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.
A very impressive wine and a bargain at £50.00
Prestige Italian Reds! - Flaccianello della Pieve 2009Date published: 18/08/14
Continuing our newest feature which is dedicated to our finest Italian red wines.
Of these, one of our newest offerings is the Flaccianello della Pieve 2009 IGT by Fontodi
Made solely from Sangiovese.
"The 2008 Flaccianello (Sangiovese) emerges from the glass with attractive dark red fruit, tobacco, licorice, sweet spices and new leather. It is interesting to compare the Flaccianello with the Vigna del Sorbo. Here the oak influence is greater, which flattens some of the aromatic complexity, at least today, in favor of more textural sweetness and softness. The 2008 possesses terrific overall balance, length and harmony. This is a mid-weight style of Flaccianello with excellent acidity and bright prospects for developing in the bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2028.". 92 points. Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.
A very impressive wine and a bargain at £48.00
Prestige Italian Reds! - Masi 'Campolongo di Torbe' Amarone Classico 2007Date published: 18/08/14
Continuing our newest feature which is dedicated to our finest Italian red wines.
Of these, one of our best offerings is the Masi 'Campolongo di Torbe' Amarone Classico 2007
A superb Amarone from a renowned historic vineyard with a history dating back to the 12th century. 70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella and 5% Molinara, vinified in the traditional 'appassimento' style, where grapes are partially raisined before a lengthy 45-day fermentation period. Undergoes 3 years in a mixture of Slavonian and Allier oak casks, and 6 months in bottle before release.
Drink immediately or cellar for up to 30 years
A very impressive wine and a bargain at £80.00
Prestige Italian Reds! - Tignanello 2011Date published: 18/08/14
Our newest feature is dedicated to our finest Italian red wines.
Of these, one of our best sellers and store favorites is the Tignanello 2011 by Antinori
One of the original Super Tuscans which shot to fame in the 1970's and 80's. Made by a wine producer who's family have been in the wine business since 1385.
This wine is made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese, giving it a very intense ruby red colour. Nicely expressed varietal aromas with hints of black berry fruit. The palate is weighty, dense and vibrant with complex structure thanks to support of the acidity. Long and lingering with hints of chocolate, coffee and marmalade in the aftertaste. The beautifully handled tannin from the wine and wood blend well making Tignanello a very complex, stylish and sophisticated wine.
A very impressive wine and a bargain at £70.00
Prestige ChampagnesDate published: 03/08/14
Bollinger Grande Année 2004
Only produced in exceptional years from exclusively Grand Cru rated grapes. Rich, biscuity and yeasty, this wine carries the ultimate expression of the house style, and is a local favorite.
Currently down from £100 to only £66.66!
Prestige ChampagnesDate published: 03/08/14
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1999/2000
Produced exclusively from top quality Chardonnay grapes grown in 'Grand Cru' rated vineyards. One of the greatest Blanc de Blancs champagnes, Comtes was first produced in 1952. A Champagne with the potential to age for decades and reward the more patient hedonist.
Prestige ChampagnesDate published: 03/08/14
Krug 2000 Champagne
A hot year that had many Champagne houses shying away from creating a vintage blend, 2000 saw Krug sieze the opportunity to create this powerful, expressive Champagne, full of citrus peel, honey, brioche and candied apple character.
currently down from £200 to £175!
Prestige ChampagnesDate published: 03/08/14
Louis Roederer Cristal 2006
Created in 1876 for Tsar Alexander II. This is Champagne at its finest; the embodiment of elegance and purity. Only the finest grapes from Roederer's best cru's are used.
Down from £165 to £150!
Prestige ChampagnesDate published: 03/08/14
Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2004
'The drink of Tsars'. Steeped in history and tradition, and eminently desirable, Cristal is one of the most exclusive Champagnes in the world. Cristal Rosé ranks among the the most delicate and elegant wines in the world. An unsurpassed experience!
Currently down from £450 tom £400!
Prestige ChampagnesDate published: 03/08/14
Dom Ruinart 1998
This great vintage boasts a unique complexity, an aromatic freshness, an elegant effervescence and a fine balance between strength and smoothness. Dom Ruinart has an elegant nose of white flowers and citrus notes developing into brioche and toast.
now only £140!
Prestige ChampagnesDate published: 03/08/14
Pol Roger Winston Churchill 2000
Made as an homage to Winston Churchill in the style of the 1928 vintage; one of Churchill's favourites. Elegant yet taught and muscular, complex and seductive with the capacity to age for decades, Winston is a fitting tribute to one of Britain's greatest figures.
Made from only the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.
now only £125!
Prestige Champagnes Date published: 03/08/14
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Rosé 1998
Named after the 'Grand Lady' and as a tribute the Widow Clicquot, 'La Grand Dame' is flagship and pinnacle of Veuve Clicquot's style. Elegant, refined and delicate, Grand Dame is the utmost homage to the role she played in the formative years of the Champagne house.
Currently down from
Top 50 Best Sellers - TignanelloDate published: 28/07/14
Very intense ruby red colour. Nicely expressed varietalaromas with hints of black berry fruit. The palate is weighty,dense and vibrant with complex structure thanks to supportof the acidity. Long and lingering with hints of chocolate,coffee and marmalade in the aftertaste. The beautifully handled tannin from the wine and wood blend making Tignanello a very complex, stylish and sophisticated wine.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013Date published: 28/07/14
Marlborough has been at the heart of a wine making revolution without modern precedent, and Oyster Bay is one of the region's most dynamic wineries. Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every lastounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes.Showing pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing.Suitable for all occasions, this is anything from classic apéritif wine, to white meat and seafood partner.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Cuvée de Richard RougeDate published: 28/07/14
Of couse our "house" red also needs to feature on our run down. From the Pays de l’Aude, to the west of the Languedoc region on France's Mediterranean coast, Cuvée de Richard Rouge offers remarkable value for money.Amazingly smooth with dense, ripe blackberry and plum fruit, leading to arounded finish.Extremely versatile, this wine can go with most meat dishes, vegetarian food and is eminently drinkable on its own.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Pouilly Fume Jean VincentDate published: 28/07/14
Father-and-son team Jean and Vincent Chatelain are the 11th and 12thgenerations of an illustrious winemaking family, based in the heart ofPouilly-sur-Loire. Each parcel of their 30ha estate is vinified individuallyto maintain the character of each plot.An intensely aromatic wine, with a nose that centres on gooseberry fruit,enhanced by a smoky, flinty character. This mineral theme continues allthe way to the long, steely finish.A mouthwatering, dry aperitif wine, also ideal with fresh shellfish dishes.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Absolut VodkaDate published: 28/07/14
It would be rude not to include the fastest growing spirits brand on our little list
Top 50 Best Sellers - Eguia ReservaDate published: 28/07/14
Bodegas Eguia is located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa sub region, in the village of Elciego, one of the area's winemaking hot spots. The traditional reserva style is achieved through 24 months' ageing in French and American oak and 2 years' cellar age before release. Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas.The palate has weight yet an elegant profile.Match with a mature steak, or with a board of chorizo and manchego cheese.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Bollinger GrandeAnnée 2004Date published: 28/07/14
Only produced in exceptional years from exclusively Grand Cru rated grapes. Rich, biscuity and yeasty, this wine carries the ultimate expression of the house style.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Pol Roger NVDate published: 28/07/14
Pol Roger's historic underground cellars are 33m deep and average particularly low temperatures. They thus provide an environment uniquely suited to slow fermentation, and are responsible for this Champagne's famously super-fine mousse.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Château Barde-Haut 2001Date published: 28/07/14
The 2001 Barde-Haut is just reaching its plateau of full maturity.Gorgeously complex notes of plums, underbrush, flowers, and earthare accompanied by a fleshy, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, andno hard edges. This wine should keep for another decade." - RobertParker, The Wine Advocate (The Hedonist's Gazette, March 2009).
Top 50 Best Sellers - Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2013, Louis JadotDate published: 28/07/14
Another wine with Macon in the title in at 38. The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from the superior quality vineyards from around the village of Loché, southwest of Mâcon in southern Burgundy. Made in a fresh, clean and fruity style with subtle green apple and pear flavours with a pleasant minerally finish.A nice apéritif, this will also partner white fish dishes well.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Dom Perignon 2004 Jeff Koons editionDate published: 28/07/14
The only wine that has two entries in our list is the venerable Dom Perignon
Top 50 Best Sellers - Potel Bourgongne ChardonnayDate published: 28/07/14
Another white Burgundy at 36! From grapes sourced across the Burgundy region, primarily from oldCôte d'Or vines. Maison Nicolas Potel is a respected name in Burgundy,the Potel family having previously owned the prestigious Domaine de laPousse d'Or in Volnay.A restrained nose of berry fruit, principally strawberry and blackcurrant,is followed by a soft-edged palate with lithe and supple tannins.Drink with all charcuterie and cold cuts, pasta dishes and tangy cheeses.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Johnny Walker Black LabelDate published: 28/07/14
The icon that is Johnny Walker is our best selling spirit by volume!
Top 50 Best Sellers - Heidsieck & Co.Monopole Brut NVDate published: 28/07/14
32 Representing Heidsieck's Pinot-dominant, rich yet approachable housestyle, this cuvée offers a harmonious balance between crisp goldenfruit, satisfying brioche notes and an abundant mousse.
Top 50 Best Sellers - J de Telmont Grande Réserve NVDate published: 28/07/14
At 31, one of the few remaining, family owned Champagne houses, De Telmont produces this excellent non-vintage in a medium bodied, soft and fruity,classically yeasty style. Fabulous value.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Château Labégorce 2000Date published: 28/07/14
No 30. Historic house in Margaux, with its roots in a 14th-century estate named after noble house of La Bégorce. The estate has 30 hectaresof vines on a sand, gravel and silt-based vineyard, with an averagevine age of around 25 years. The 2000 is a ripe and fruity claret,with aromas of tobacco, smoke and stewed plum, with soft vanillainfluence. Fully mature and ready to enjoy.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Minuty RoseDate published: 28/07/14
We literally cant get enough of this wine! Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé isquintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the littleknownTibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence.Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset bysubtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.Partner with the delicate flavours of fresh shellfish, or with a mozzarella and sun-ripened tomato salad.
Top 50 Best Sellers - La Marca TrevisoDate published: 28/07/14
Made from Prosecco grapes grown by a number of growers on the hillsand plains around Treviso, close to Venice in northern Italy. Softpressing is followed by cool fermentation in stainless steel, for delicateand fresh fruit flavours.Pale and elegant, with a subtly perfumed bouquet, and youthful pear,melon and citrus fruit characters. Retains a little hint of sweetnesswhich balances the crisp acidity and persistent fizz.Drink with appetizers and fish dishes, or mix with a dash of peach puréefor a refreshing bellini.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Cloudy Bay SauvignonDate published: 28/07/14
Cloudy Bay Vineyards was established in 1985 in the Wairau Valley inMarlborough at the northern end of New Zealand’s South Island. Possiblythe most prestigious Sauvignon Blanc in the world, it definitely lives upto its reputation.A wine full of fresh herbal aromas and layers of ripe guava and tropicalfruit. Gooseberries and passionfruits on the medium-full body; the palateis succulent and crisp with a long flavoursome finish.Superbly refreshing served chilled on a sunny day, this is also a greatmatch for meat or vegetarian stuffed peppers.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Cave de LugnyDate published: 28/07/14
Place 26 goes to another classic white Burgundy. Situated in the heart of the Mâconnais, Cave de Lugny produces great value white Burgundy from its 1,450 hectares of vineyards and is the third largest producer in Burgundy, producing in excess of 6 million bottles per annum. Pale lemon coloured, with citrus and apple notes, hint of blossom and faint traces of butter. Apple and citrus predominate on the palate along with a hint of pear, finishing on a lovely mineral streak.An easy-drinking White Burgundy, enjoyable now and over the next 18months. Enjoy with butternut squash and roast garlic soup.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Frozen WaterDate published: 28/07/14
We who would have imagined we could sell 1,600 bags of ice in just a few months. There it is frozen water is at 24
Top 50 Best Sellers - Cuvée de Richard Blanc 2013Date published: 28/07/14
Essentially out house white, Richard storms in at 23. From Vin de Pays du Comté Tolosan, to the south of Bordeaux on France's Atlantic coast, Cuvée de Richard Blanc is an easy drinking wine that offers remarkable value for money.A light, crisp and easy drinking blend, with ripe fruits and a fresh citrussyfinish.An excellent apéritif wine, that will also match gracefully light dishes such as chicken salads.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NVDate published: 28/07/14
Perhaps the best known Champagne, so why not higher than 22!!! The Brut Imperial from Moët embodies their house style: crisp and clean, this classic Champagne shows citrus aromas and hints of biscuity flavours. An excellent apéritif.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Richard HennessyDate published: 28/07/14
The most expensive bottle we stock is also our 21st best selling product. The one product in our shop that I haven't tried please someone buy me a bottle to correct this extrodinary gap in my knowledge.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Macon LugnyDate published: 28/07/14
From Chateaux Latour to Louis Latour - Mâcon-Lugny 2012 is just inside the top 20. The family run négociant house of Maison Louis Latour has been producing and selling wines since 1797. The limestone-rich soils of the Lugny village produce rich, buttery yet still Burgundian styles of Chardonnay with the typicity and style of the Mâcon. Pale gold in colour, with a beguiling aroma of fresh apples, lemon curdand toasted citrus fruits atop a palate of fresh and crisp green-appleacidity, buttery and peachy fruit and a long, warming finish.Perfectly acceptable on its own as an afternoon apéritif or with poultry,pork or fresh seafood.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Latour 1989Date published: 28/07/14
The highest entry in our super premium category. Of course its Latour! "An evolved dark ruby color reveals amber at the edge. Thenose offers aromas of caramel, coffee, ripe black cherryand currant fruit, cedar, and spice box. Although mediumbodied,with low acidity, the wine lacks richness in the midpalate,and is surprisingly abrupt in the finish. It is a veryfine, delicious Latour, but it is hard to believe it will attainthe weight and flavor dimensions its producers suggest.Anticipated maturity: now-2020". 89 points. Robert Parker,The Wine Advocate #129.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Ruinart Rosé NVDate published: 28/07/14
They claim it is 250 years old this year. Ruinart Rosé was first released in 1962. It is the blanc de blanc towhich 15% Pinot has been added. Sublime golden pink in colour, a subtle nose of cherry and freshly-picked red berries leads to a fleshy and delightfully smooth finish.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Laurent-Perrier RoséNVDate published: 28/07/14
17) Give me an L, Give me an P, Give me and R! you get the idea. Unusually made by the saignée method, with plenty of stylish strawberry fruit, full of vivacity and easy-drinking charm. A wonderfully refreshing apéritif, it also works well with a variety of dishes.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Louis Roederer Brut Premier NVDate published: 28/07/14
From the maker of Cristal and punching a little below its weight in terms of this ranking, a deliciously rich Champagne, with an overt fruitiness and nutty, yeasty notes. A long, complex and rewarding finish is a hallmark of the house style.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NVDate published: 28/07/14
Why isnt this first! I clearly haven't bought enough this year. Grand Cru Chardonnay has been used to make this Champagne. Citrus,peach and white flower aromas evolve into a fresh and supple palate,ideal when married with oysters and sashimi.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Prosecco Zonin Brut NVDate published: 28/07/14
At 14 and currently sold our - ZONIN! Established in 1821, Zonin has become Italy's largest privately-owned winery, and are owners of Italy's largest Prosecco vineyards. This example is made from grapes grown only in the DOC region within Veneto and as such, is entitled to use the Prosecco name on the bottle. Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish. Wonderfully versatile. Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, oreven with light fruit desserts.
Top 50 Best Sellers - The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon BlancDate published: 28/07/14
Probably tops the list nationwide, number 13 is Ned. The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil. A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gun flint minerality which delivers extra complexity.Drink now with fresh summer salads and seafood.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Laurent-Perrier Brut NVDate published: 28/07/14
12 is LP. A lighter house style. Subtle citrus, toast and spice predominate this perfectly balanced Champagne, with a strong structure giving the wine good food compatibility.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NVDate published: 28/07/14
Our first Rose in at 11. The name translates to 'eye of the partridge', this pale salmon pink rosé Champagne exhibits enticing complexity. Delicate in style, but with a perfect weightof fruit. A fantastic apéritif.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Dom Perignon 2004Date published: 28/07/14
Honourary 1st place (10th) goes to Dom Perignon 2004. Exceptional depth, rich texture and great ageing potential characterises this iconic Champagne from Moët et Chandon, named after the Benedictine monk who pioneered Champagne.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Prosecco di Conegliano ValdobbiadeneDate published: 28/07/14
At 9 in our list. Prosecco La Marca winery is located in Oderzo, in the Veneto region. Its membersown about 8,000 hectares of vineyards on the hills and the plain.Advanced technologies are used in the vineyards and the cellar to aid thecontinual improvement of wine quality.A pale straw colour with a fine mousse and typical fruit characters ofapples and pineapples.Ideal as an apéritif or to accompany a light lunch.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007Date published: 28/07/14
Should really have finished higher up the ranking in my opinion. Heidsieck & C° Monopole, now owned by Vranken and Pommery is one of the oldest champagne firms in the Champagne region. This vintage Champagne is soft and rich, with hints of citrus, apple and subtle vanilla.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Prosecco Corte Alta NVDate published: 28/07/14
This ones a corker - Corte alta in at 7. Prosecco is really driving the sparkling wine market at present and this value example really shows why. A fresh, frothy wine with medium acidity and lots of accessible pear and peach fruit, without being too heavy or alcoholic. Delicate and aromatic with a light body and fine bubbles, this wine carries lots of fresh peach, pear, apricot and apple with a revitalising finish. Enjoy on its own as an apéritif or as an accompaniment to canapés
Top 50 Best Sellers - Nicolas Feuillatte NVDate published: 28/07/14
Superb for those on a budget, Feuilatte is at 6. A light, fresh and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles andsubtle overtones of apples, pears and citrus fruits. Has undergone atotal of 4 years' ageing prior to release.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NVDate published: 28/07/14
This is getting repatitive! Well we do love Champagne, PJ is at 5. Produced in the Epernay region of Champagne, and dating back to1811, Perrier Jouët consistently produces excellent Champagnes. The Style is friendly and open, with a refreshing ripeness to the soft, appley fruit and a zesty mousse.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Taittinger Brut Réserve NVDate published: 28/07/14
A strong and elegant finish for Taittinger at number 4. From Champagne's oldest cellars, this Champagne has peach and acacia notes on the nose, a citrus-fresh yet delicately honeyed palate,and a beautiful, elegant finish.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Peroni Nastro AzzurroDate published: 28/07/14
A surprise entry at number 3 but what can I say we all love Peroni
Top 50 Best Sellers - Bollinger SpecialCuvée NVDate published: 28/07/14
A close second is good old Bollinger. Made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent.
Top 50 Best Sellers - Veuve Clicquot Brut NVDate published: 28/07/14
So at number one we have our old favorite Veuve Clicquot. They age their non-vintage for almost twice the required time, resulting in a superb marriage of freshness and power, with rich fruit and a mouth-filling mousse.
Argento Malbec 2013, MendozaDate published: 26/06/14
Malbec is Argentina's signature grape variety. This is an excellentexample made from grapes grown in the foothills of the Andes, one ofthe most favoured areas for cultivating grapes in Argentina.Ripe bramble and spicy blackberry notes on the nose are echoed on therichly textured palate, with hints of vanilla oak and balanced acidity onthe finish.Ideal with grilled red meats or spicy pasta dishes.
Viñalba Reservado Malbec 2012, MendozaDate published: 26/06/14
The Malbec Reserva from the Vinalba estate has previously won aDecanter award for its quality. Sourced from vineyards at the foot of theAndes, grown at different altitudes to achieve the perfect balancebetween tannin and acidity.This wine literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with itsripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha.Flavours linger for a long time.A full-bodied wine, yet with juicy tannins, this wine is best enjoyed withfood. Peppered steak or lamb are ideal companions.
Sipsmith Summer Cup!!!!!Date published: 26/06/14
Sipsmith’s perfect summer drink for Gin lover's! Based on their award winning London Dry Gin, Summer Cup is the perfect summer sip for gin lovers. A host of carefully selected summery ingredients, including infusions of Earl Grey tea, lemon verbena (grown in Jared's garden) cucumber, vermouth and a touch of bitters are blended together to create a deliciously refreshing and sophisticated summer gin sip.
Miraval Rosé 2013, Côtes de ProvenceDate published: 26/06/14
The 17th-century Miraval estate is located in the Var region of Provence, and was bought by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2009 and extensively renovated. With wine making expertise from Perrin, the first modern vintage was released in 2012, and was met with wide acclaim. A beautifully pale pink colour, with a nose of wild strawberry and stonefruit, with delicate floral touches. Great palate texture, with soft tangerine and peach notes joining layers of berry fruit. Enjoy on its own or with fine seafood.
Back in stock - Minuty Cuvée Prestige 2013, Côtes de ProvenceDate published: 26/06/14
Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence. Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrusfruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.
Château Méaume 2010, Bordeaux SupérieurDate published: 26/06/14
A small British-owned estate close to St-Emilion and Pomerol, Château Méaume has been a Majestic favourite for many years, gaining a reputation for excellent value. A nose of fruitcake, spice and ripe, plummy fruit. Soft and rich on the palate, with blackcurrants, plum, and smoky cedarwood.Ready to drink
Back in stock - Dreams Chardonnay 2009, JermannDate published: 26/06/14
Sandwiched next to the Slovenian border in the North East corner of Italy, Friuli has had a history of producing light aromatic white wines of immense drinkability but of little interest outside the region. Silvio Jermann has almost single handedly changed that and is widely considered to be a true 'artist' in the production of wines from his region. The bouquet is intense, with hint of honey and wild flowers. Dry and smooth on the palate with good balance and an exceptionally long finish. Sublime with roast turkey, hazelnut stuffing and a white wine gravy.
Back in stock - Domaines Ott Château Romassan Rosé 2013, BandolDate published: 26/06/14
Bandol makes some of the most serious wines of Provence, and this is the case for rosé as well as red. Founded in 1896, Domaines Ott uses hand-picking, careful sorting and delicate pressing to make the superb Château Romassan Rosé.An extremely subtle, balanced and complex rosé showing fresh berryaromas and hints of spice.
Back in stock - Château de Tracy 2012, Pouilly-FuméDate published: 26/06/14
Wines have been made from the vineyards of this Château since 1396, but the winery owes its current incarnation to the Count and Countess Alain d'Estutt d'Assay, who resurrected it in 1952. Today it is run by their son, Henry d'Assay, and his sisters. Pale gold with a silvery shimmer.An open and intense nose, offering notes of blackcurrant and citrus fruit, with background vegetal hints. Afresh citrussy attack on the palate and seductive minerality. Drink with pungent goat's or sheep's cheeses, or fine seafood.
Back in stock - 50505Date published: 23/06/14
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Back in stock - Puligny-Montrachet 2012, Jean- Louis ChavyDate published: 23/06/14
Blended from 8 different parcels across the appellation, this wine gives an excellent representation of the ‘terroir’ of Puligny-Montrachet. The domaine was inherited from father Gerard Chavy 2004 and was split with brother Alain, who makes wine under his father's name. Neither overtly fruity nor over-oaked, Jean-Louis Chavy’s wines are extremely well balanced, emphasising the classic minerality of Puligny-Montrachet. A model of finesse and elegance, drink with simply flavoured grilled white fish. Alternatively, drink this pure wine by itself.
Back in stock - Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clavaillon 2011, Jean-Louis ChavyDate published: 23/06/14
Jean-Louis Chavy has built a new wine making facility and temperature-controlled cellar in Puligny. However, traditional vinification methods remain, with only natural yeasts used for fermentation and only 15% new oak used, further cementing the restrained, classic style. This wine will age gracefully for 5-8 years.
Back in stock - Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Perrières 2010, Jean-Louis ChavyDate published: 23/06/14
Direct from the domaine this première cru shows real depth and length, the nose is complex and layered with notes of anise, oatmeal and green plums. On the palate there is freshly buttered toast, lemon rind, honey and fantastic length, drink it over the next 6-8 years.
Back in stock - Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières 2011, Jean-Louis ChavyDate published: 23/06/14
This wine comes from two plots of vines of 25-45 years old, in what is thought by many to be Puligny's finest 1er Cru vineyard, Les Folatières. The diverse characters of the two plots has lent this winea similar diversity, at once showing richness, depth, intense minerality and acidic structure, tempered by softness and spice from well-judged use of oak. Drink over the next 5-8 years.
Back in stock - St-Aubin 1er Cru 2010, Domaine Vincent PrunierDate published: 23/06/14
Vincent Prunier started out small in 1988, making wine from just 2 hectares of vineyards. He now farms around 13 hectares in total, consisting mainly of contracted but also estate-owned vineyards across some of Burgundy's best Chardonnay appellations. This is a rich and complex wine, offering a deeply textured palate and layers of roasted nut, honey and gentle spice aromas, and a flint-like minerality.
Back in stock - Decoy Zinfandel 2012, Duckhorn, Sonoma CountyDate published: 23/06/14
Duckhorn Vineyards was established in 1976 by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn, originally focusing on Bordeaux varieties. They have since embraced other grapes such as Zinfandel here, and grown to incorporate seven estates, representing the Napa Valley's various micro climates.A generous and straightforward wine, with a defined nose of blueberry, cherry and loganberry fruit, accented by soft vanilla oak. The palate is more robust, with the lush fruit framed by firm tannins. A great accompaniment to the savory flavours of game, venison or duck confit.
Back in stock - Au Bon Climat 'Bien Nacido' Chardonnay 2010, Santa Maria ValleyDate published: 23/06/14
From one of the Central Coast's best vineyard sites, this has a sensational nose of apples, toast, lemon curd, roasted nuts, cinnamon and a delicate whiff of oak. Its wonderfully textured, fresh and long in the mouth: a Chardonnay that exudes class and sophistication.
Back in stock - Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2012, Napa Valley & CarnerosDate published: 23/06/14
"The gorgeous, honeyed, citrus 2012 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch appears to have backed off considerably on the oak. Medium to full-bodied with striking purity and texture as well as a delicious combination of tropical fruit, citrus and minerality, this beauty should drink well for 3-4 years". 91 points. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocacte.
Back in stock - Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 'Artemis' Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Napa ValleyDate published: 23/06/14
With an intense nose of cassis, blackberry, cedar and liquorice this is what great Napa Cabernet is all about. With more than a hint of Bordeaux about it this is a ripe yet savory and elegant effort. On the palate it is rich and has lots of depth, huge flavours of cherry,coffee and chocolate are underpinned by ripe tannins and good acidity. This would be ideal with Sirloin steak and chips.
Back in stock - Saintsbury Pinot Noir 2011, CarnerosDate published: 23/06/14
The ethos of producing wine that maintains the hallmark of the vineyard rather than simply the mark of the producer dominates the wine making philosophy for the Carneros Pinot Noir. Gentleness and restraint are critical in the selection of the grapes and in the élevage. Ripe red-fruit aromas with bitter black cherry, spice, cigar tobacco, mocha and vanilla. A ripe and textured palate of integrated tannins, red fruit and spice with a fresh, weighty finish. Drinking well over the next four years, partner with duck, lamb and game.
Back in stock - Au Bon Climat Chardonnay 2012, Santa BarbaraDate published: 23/06/14
Santa Barbara County is in the warmer southern part of California, which can make for Chardonnays that are extremely ripe and powerful. Winemaker Jim Clendenen has harnessed this power and focused it into an intense, yet well defined and tightly structured style. An immensely complex nose of ripe apple, orange zest, toast and roasted hazelnut. The palate offers bright fruit and a lush feel, with an enduring nuttiness that provides a long and involving finish. Drink with fine roasted poultry dishes.
Back in stock - Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 'Fay' 2010, Napa ValleyDate published: 23/06/14
The Fay vineyard was acquired by Warren Winiarski, founder of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in 1986, and its fruit has come to define the winery's plush, powerful style of Cabernet. This example has spent 24 months in 70%-new French oak. Starting with generous aromas of violets, blackberry, nutmeg and liquorice, the aromas are followed by an alluring mix of dark fruit flavours that envelop the palate with accent notes of chocolate and vanilla.
Back in stock - Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2012Date published: 23/06/14
Cline Cellars have created this wine by sourcing grapes from a selection of parcels of old vines in several regions, the majority coming from their oldest and lowest-yeilding vines in Oakley, and the remainder from Lodi and Mendocino. Heady and bold on the nose, which is full of ripe strawberry notes, and hints of coffee bean and cocoa. Wonderfully plump and juicy on thepalate, with a satisfying warmth and subtle touches of vanilla. Great with barbecued steaks, well-seasoned pork chops, or venison.
Back in stock - Rioja Reserva 2009, Marqués de RiscalDate published: 23/06/14
In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal brought groundbreaking wine making techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the face of Rioja. The Reserva is one of their iconic wines, widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja. A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours. This wine goes well with ham, cheeses, and spicy casseroles. Will age for a further 5+ years.
Back in stock - Tignanello 2011 AntinoriDate published: 23/06/14
Very intense ruby red colour. Nicely expressed varietal aromas with hints of black berry fruit. The palate is weighty, dense and vibrant with complex structure thanks to support of the acidity. Long and lingering with hints of chocolate, coffee and marmalade in the aftertaste. The beautifully handled tannin from the wine and wood blend making Tignanello a very complex, stylish and sophisticated wine.
The Best from Provence - Minuty Cuvée Prestige 2013, Côtes de ProvenceDate published: 17/06/14
Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence. Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.
The Best from Provence - Miraval Rosé 2013, Côtes de ProvenceDate published: 17/06/14
The 17th-century Miraval estate is located in the Var region of Provence, and was bought by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2009 and extensively renovated. With winemaking expertise from Perrin, the first modern vintage was released in 2012, and was met with wide acclaim. A beautifully pale pink colour, with a nose of wild strawberry and stone fruit, with delicate floral touches. Great palate texture, with soft tangerine and peach notes joining layers of berry fruit. Enjoy on its own or with fine seafood.
The Best from Provence - Domaines Ott Chateau Romassan Rosé 2013 BandolDate published: 17/06/14
Bandol makes some of the most serious wines of Provence, and this is the case for rosé as well as red. Founded in 1896, Domaines Ott uses hand-picking, careful sorting and delicate pressing to make the superb Château Romassan Rosé. An extremely subtle, balanced and complex rosé showing fresh berry aromas and hints of spice. Serve at 10-12°C, as an aperitif, with sweetbreads or Asian cuisine.
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33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV,Franciacorta DOCGDate published: 16/06/14
Franciacorta is a region in Lombardy which gives the local sparkling wines their name, and is responsible for some of Italy's best. Guido Berlucchi was the first to produce this style commercially, and went onto become the region's largest sparkling wine producer. With its Chardonnay-biased blend, this is a supremely elegant wine, with a light-footed feel on the palate. Generously fragranced with pear, golden apple and citrus character.Serve with mixed antipasti or fresh cheeses.
33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Bouvet Saumur Rosé Brut NVDate published: 16/06/14
The house of Bouvet-Ladubay was founded in 1851 by Etienne Bouvet and his wife, Celestine Ladubay, and is now one of the Loire's foremost sparkling wine producers. They source their grapes from several local producers and vinfy using the traditional method. A delicate and inviting salmon pink, this is a light and immediately welcoming sparkling rosé, with a raspberry and peach fruit character, a fine mousse and a clean and uplifting floral nose. A fine summery aperitif, perfect with gravadlax blinis.
33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Bouvet Ladubay Saumur NVDate published: 16/06/14
The second oldest sparkling wine producer from Saumur in the Loire, Bouvet Ladubay is made by the traditional method, but from Chenin Blanc grapes, it is of excellent quality. Fruity aromas and florals on the nose. Fine and persistent bubbles. Honeysuckle, acacia and bruised apples on the palate. Very elegant. A surprisingly good match for fish and chips, this also makes a great apéritif.
33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NVDate published: 16/06/14
La Marca Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in the Trevisio area of Northern Italy. This wine is made from 100% Prosecco harvested from selected vineyards, made using the Charmat method. Delicate and elegant with a distinctive aroma of apple and apricot. Medium bodied, soft, velvety and well-balanced. An excellent apéritif, served with light starters or fruit salads.
33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Prosecco La Marca Treviso Extra Dry NVDate published: 16/06/14
Made from Prosecco grapes grown by a number of growers on the hills and plains around Treviso, close to Venice in northern Italy. Soft pressing is followed by cool fermentation in stainless steel, for delicate and fresh fruit flavours. Pale and elegant, with a subtly perfumed bouquet, and youthful pear,melon and citrus fruit characters. Retains a little hint of sweetness which balances the crisp acidity and persistent fizz. Drink with appetizers and fish dishes, or mix with a dash of peach purée for a refreshing bellini.
33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Prosecco Zonin Brut NVDate published: 16/06/14
Established in 1821, Zonin has become Italy's largest privately-owned winery, and are owners of Italy's largest Prosecco vineyards. This example is made from grapes grown only in the DOC region within Veneto and as such, is entitled to use the Prosecco name on the bottle. Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish. Wonderfully versatile. Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts.
33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Lindauer Special Reserve NVDate published: 16/06/14
Released in 1996, Special Reserve was created to reflect the style and elegance of New Zealand wine making. This premium cuvée of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay undergoes secondary fermentation in bottle. A subtle pink colour with copious beads of small bubbles bursting with aromas of ripe peach, nectarine skin and flesh and hints of black-fruit. Very creamy on the palate, a toasty, fruity and clean finish enjoy chilled as an apéritif or with seafood, fish or pork and chicken.
33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Lindauer Brut Cuvée NVDate published: 16/06/14
Produced and owned by Montana, and released in 1981, Lindauer holds the title of New Zealand's most exported wine. Produced from grapes grown on Hawkes Bay and Gisborne's silt and clay soils, it undergoes primary fermentation in tank and secondary fermentation in bottle. A fresh and ripe fruity bouquet exhibiting subtle aromas of toast andblack fruits. A fresh and vibrant palate with zingy acidity, crisp citrusfruit characters and a mineral finish.The perfect apéritif, enjoy chilled.
33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rosé NVDate published: 16/06/14
An excellent rosé from New Zealand's masters of top quality sparkling wine. Vinified in the traditional method, from 80% Pinot Noir, selectedfrom a number of parcels in the Wairau Valley, blended to create adefined yet delicate style. Fine bubbles and a pale pink colour. The aromas are of strawberry and cranberry, with subtle pot pourri and flint. The palate is explosive andabundant, with lashings of cherry fruit and sweet spice. Drink with smoked salmon or charcuterie canapés, sashimi or Pekingduck.
33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Cloudy Bay Pelorus NVDate published: 16/06/14
Pelorus NV is produced using traditional vilification techniques, and only the free-run juice is used to ensure maximum softness and elegance. The final blend of Pelorus NV is aged on its lees for two years prior to disgorging. From a Chardonnay-dominant blend of selected vintages, this is a fresh, apéritif style of sparkling wine. Crisp apple flavours are backed up by a nutty, yeasty complexity from its time on lees. Well chilled this is a cracking partner to crab pasta.
33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NVDate published: 16/06/14
Meaning 'eye of the partridge', this pale salmon pink rosé Champagne exhibits enticing complexity. Delicate in style, but with a perfect weight of fruit. A fantastic apéritif.
33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé NVDate published: 16/06/14
An intense, luminous colour of salmon pink, with coppery highlights. Elegant aromas of raspberries, wild strawberries and rose petals are in abundance. This superb rosé can be enjoyed with fresh fruit desserts oron its own as an apéritif.
33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Veuve Clicquot Rosé NVDate published: 16/06/14
A relatively recent addition to the Veuve Clicquot stable, this medium bodied rosé is reminiscent of the power and finesse of the non-vintage label, with a soft red-fruit core. Match with smoked salmon or strawberries and cream for optimum enjoyment.
33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Pol Roger Réserve NVDate published: 16/06/14
Pol Roger's historic underground cellars are 33m deep and average particularly low temperatures. They thus provide an environment uniquely suited to slow fermentation, and are responsible for this Champagne's famously super-fine mousse.
33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Laurent-Perrier Brut NVDate published: 16/06/14
A lighter house style. Subtle citrus, toast and spice predominate this perfectly balanced Champagne, with a strong structure giving the wine good food compatibility.
33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NVDate published: 16/06/14
Perhaps the best known Champagne, the Brut Imperial from Moët embodies their house style: crisp and clean, this classic Champagne shows citrus aromas and hints of biscuity flavours. An excellent apéritif.
33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Piper-Heidsieck Brut NVDate published: 16/06/14
Intentionally made in a forward and approachable style, with a good balance of rich fruit and refreshing citrussy edge, this is a Champagne for drinking now at any celebratory occasion.
33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Canard-Duchêne Brut NVDate published: 16/06/14
Excellent value for this fabulous and well-respected Champagne. Clean and fruity in style, with baked-bread and bruised-apple notes, fresh and easy drinking.
33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - J de Telmont Grande Réserve NVDate published: 16/06/14
One of the few remaining, family owned Champagne houses, De Telmont produces this excellent non-vintage in a medium bodied, soft and fruity,classically yeasty style. Fabulous value.
33.3% off selected champagne and sparkling wine! - Nicolas Feuillatte 2006Date published: 16/06/14
Nicolas Feuillatte's vintage cuvée combines freshness with a subtle yeastiness from extended ageing on the lees. Great as a party wine, or as a match with antipasto and cured meats.
"A Bottle Of Our Finest..." - Echézeaux 1995, Domaine Romanée-ContiDate published: 15/06/14
"Very pale ruby-brick colour. Wonderfully open, fragrant nose of rose petals, dried cranberries, iron ore, cinnamon and cardamom. The palate reveals the most approachable wine of the 1995 DRC line-up giving plenty of opulent fruit supported by crisp acidity and a low to medium level of silky tannins. Very long spicy finish". 93 points. Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate.
Without doubt, Romanée-Conti wines are the absolute pinnacle of luxury and finesse in the world of wine. No other "domaine" or producer can match the sheer quality of wine that is made by these mercurial masters of their trade. Once you've had a wine from DRC, you can never go back! Everything else seems just that little bit duller! Of course I'm exaggerating slightly but considering individual bottles from Romanée-Conti can sometimes go for five figure sums, our price of £1000 for a truly life-changing bottle of wine almost seems like a bargain! I suppose what price would you put on the best thing you will ever taste?
"A Bottle Of Our Finest..." - Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1982Date published: 15/06/14
“The thick, unctuously-textured, jammy fruit and enormous flavor concentration that are the hallmarks of the vintage are present, but the wine is extremely unevolved, and behaves like a young barrel sample. This massive, powerful example of Mouton exhibits huge tannin and immense body... Owners who do not want to commit infanticide should cellar it for another 5-10 years. Like Latour, the 1982 Mouton-Rothschild is a potential 50-60 year wine.” Robert Parker, 100 points.
Couldn't have put it better myself! Priced at £1600 a bottle, this is without doubt one of the best wines (if not THE best) we stock at Majestic Wines. If the price seems a bit steep to pay for one bottle of wine, bear in mind that you are having one of the greatest wines ever made. This is a once in a lifetime, tell all your friends about it for years, unforgettable experience kind of wine. As our dear friend Robert Parker so aptly put it, "A legend!" You won't regret it!
On the tasting counter today - "La Difese" 2011, Tenuta San GuidoDate published: 12/06/14
"This 70-30 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese would indeed pair perfectly with game dishes such as fettuccine in rabbit sauce or wild boar sausage thanks to that extra touch of acidity that cuts through any fattiness. Dried cherry, blackberry, leather and tobacco enhance the wine’s medium build and silky texture. There is a distant touch of overripe fruit at the very beginning. Le Difese is aged for 12 months in both French and American oak. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018". 89 points. Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate.
On the tasting counter today - Gavi Araldica 2013Date published: 12/06/14
Gavi is a small town and winemaking sub-region in the far south-east corner of Piedmont, around 50km inland of the Med, famed for the Cortese grape which is indigenous to the north of Italy, and a popular feature in the restaurants of the Ligurian coast. Zippy, fresh and predominantly citrus-flavoured wine, with a racy lime zest and nettle aroma. Refreshingly clean on the palate, with enduring, mouthwatering acidity. Drink with spaghetti genovese, or any fresh seafood dish.
On the tasting counter today - Rosso di Montepulciano 2012, PolizianoDate published: 12/06/14
This estate was founded in 1961 on 22 hectares of vineyards. It has grown over the years to reach 120 hectares. The name is an homage to the 15th-century humanist poet Angelo Ambrogini, known as 'Il Poliziano', who was born in Montepulciano. A bright ruby red wine with an emphasis on fresh redcurrant, raspberry and sour cherry fruit flavours. Dry and moderately savoury, with subtle oak influence, and medium weight and tannins. An easy match with many Italian-style foods. Try with an aubergine and roasted vegetable lasagne.
On the tasting counter today - Marques de Caceres Reserva 2009Date published: 12/06/14
Located in Cenicero, in the heart of Rioja Alta, Cáceres was founded by Enrique Forner in the late 1960s. Produced only in vintages classed as Very Good or Excellent when Tempranillo is at its expressive best, the Reserva is aged for 22 months in oak and 24 months in bottle. A dense bouquet of toasted aromas, red and black berries, luscious fruits and spices with a rich, layered body of spicy black fruits and succulent red fruits with integrated tannins, fresh acidity. Enjoy over the next six years, if you can resist it, with roast lamb, venison or game birds.
On the tasting counter today - Custoza 2013, Cantina di CustozaDate published: 12/06/14
Cantina di Custoza was started by a group of local winemakers in 1968. Today the Cantina has well over 200 members, who contribute grapes from over 1000 hectares of vineyards, from the south and west of Lake Garda all the way to the outskirts of Verona. A light and easy-going white, with a gentle citrus fruit backbone accompanied by soft flavours of melon and subtle tropical fruit. Delicately aromatic, dry and refreshing. Serve chilled with prawn linguine or a herb salad.
On the tasting counter today - King's Legacy ChardonnayDate published: 12/06/14
This Chardonnay is sourced from two vineyards, one a mature plot in the centre of the Wairau Valley, the other a plot of younger vines in Brancott Valley. The grapes were fermented in large French oak casks using predominantly wild yeasts and allowed 10 months' on lees. An easily enjoyable Chardonnay that combines fresh apple, nectarine and tangerine flavours with subtle creaminess, hints of toasted almonds anda gently spicy complexity. Try this with seared scallops served with black pudding.
New Arrival - Meursault 2012, Henri BoillotDate published: 12/06/14
Henri Boillot is of the fifth generation of the Boillot family to make wines in the Côte d'Or, and has established an enviable range of vineyard holdings and his own negociant business. This Meursault comes from a mixture of domaine and partner vineyards, and is fermented in large 350lt French oak barrels which retain more freshness than the more typical barrique. The wine spends a total of 18 months in barrel before bottling, and is a generously textured, yet firm and age-worthy Meursault.
Back in stock - Au Bon Climat "Isabelle" Pinot Noir 2011Date published: 12/06/14
A blend of 55% Pinot Gris, 40% Pinot Blanc and 5% Aligote, this is an unusual and complex wine, inspired by oft-forgotten white varieties of Burgundy. Aromas of apple, almond, and freshly baked cake notes from time in French oak. A generous and open texture and superb balance all the way to the creamy finish.
Back in stock - Beringer Napa Cabernet 2010Date published: 12/06/14
"Chocolate, mocha, plums and spices come to life in this fleshy, mid-weight wine. Readers who appreciate a more mineral-inflected style of Cabernet will prefer the Knights Valley bottling, while those who appreciate radiant, fruit-forward Cabernets are likely to prefer the Napa Valley. Both are beautiful. The blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% each Petit Verdot and Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020". 92 points. Antoni Galloni, The Wine Advocate.
Back in stock - Cervaro Antinori 2010,Date published: 12/06/14
This is a fascinating blend of Grechetto and Chardonnay which is barrel fermented in the finest French oak. Showing a nose of peaches and citrus on a fascinating background of apple blossom and vanilla. On the palate there are hints of apples and honeysuckle with a long creamy finish. A fantastic alternative to 1er Cru white Burgundy and a great food wine.
Open in our Enomatic machine - Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2011, MarlboroughDate published: 28/05/14
New Zealand is one of the few places in the world where this grape variety achieves elusive perfection, and the highly esteemed Cloudy Bay Estate have surpassed themselves in the production of this innovative Pinot Noir. Delicate confected nose, with vanilla and hints of spice. A seductive palate, where dark cherries and strawberries are complemented by toasty characters and silky tannins. A complex and textured finish.Try this with slow-cooked pork belly or a wild mushroom risotto.
Open in our Enomatic machine - Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2011, MarlboroughDate published: 28/05/14
Cloudy Bay is a cult wine and, clever marketing aside, there is no denying the quality of this Chardonnay. A cool climate location and lots of sunshine means long, slow ripening - a recipe for success with Chardonnay. A complex nose that ranges from figs and lemon butter to more savoury elements of fresh hay with hints of butterscotch. The palate is substantial and rounded with toasty complexity and a long finish. Eminently drinkable now but it will reward those with the patience to age the wine for a further 3 to 4 years.
Open in our Enomatic machine - Greywacke Riesling 2012, MarlboroughDate published: 28/05/14
"Opening with delicate notes of fresh lime juice, lime leaves and jasmine as well as hints of crushed stones, lemon zest and coriander seed, the 2012 Riesling is light-bodied and off-dry in the mouth with a vibrant acid line lifting the citrusy flavors through the finishing with satisfying freshness and length. Drink it now to 2017+". 88 points.Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate.
Open in our Enomatic machine - Meursault 1er Cru 'Les Poruzots' 2010, Buisson-BattaultDate published: 28/05/14
The Premier Cru vineyard Les Poruzots is an 11 hectare site producing rich and fruity wines that tend to be more intense than subtle and elegant. Buisson-Battault produce a very typical style from this vineyard, marrying oak and fruit in a powerful fusion. Opulent, rich and buttery with mineral overtones, this is everything a Premier Cru Meursault should be. A long, toasty finish and plenty of stone fruit provide a complex, warming finish.Rich enough to stand up to the most potent of cheeses, this wine will also work well with a variety of game, poultry and fish recipes.
Good old Champagne - Dom Perignon Oenothèque 1995Date published: 27/05/14
This is a Dom Perignon wine that has received an extended period of ageing on its lees, deep in the 'oenothèque' area of Moët & Chandon's cellars, and only released once deemed mature. The focused DP style is delivered here with greater intensity and power.
Good old Champagne - Dom Ruinart 1998Date published: 27/05/14
This great vintage boasts a unique complexity, an aromatic freshness, an elegant effervescence and a fine balance between strength and smoothness. Dom Ruinart has an elegant nose of white flowers and citrus notes developing into brioche and toast.
New Arrivals! - Château Plince 2010, PomerolDate published: 26/05/14
Pure, soft-natured fruit on the nose. On the palate, the tannins are finely structural, giving this quite considerable depth and character. Supple and attractive, with subtle use of oak, this has a refreshing core of dark berry fruit. Last year's (2009) Plince was truly excellentand this follows ably in its footsteps. Drink now - 2022.
Back in stock - Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes 2010, Domaine Philippe ColinDate published: 26/05/14
From 60-65-year-old vines grown on the Puligny side of the appellation, there are complex aromas of toasted hazelnuts, limes and apple blossom. There is initially a lightness of touch to its mineral driven palate, which fills out on the mid-palate to reveal a complex and multi layered finish. Drink now - 2020.
Back in stock - Cheval des Andes 2007, ArgentinaDate published: 26/05/14
A project between Las Terrazas and famous Bordeaux ‘first growth’ Cheval Blanc, this wine combines spectacular New World terroir with Old World know-how. Matured in new French oak and made from ungrafted Malbec vines up to 80 years in age. Truly a wine to savour.Inky black and opulent, this ultra-powerful wine offers concentrated violets, brooding dark fruit and vanilla on the nose and a huge, yet supple full finish and long length. Immensely powerful and rich now, this wine will really develop into a smoky, leathery beast over the next 5-10 years.
Back in stock - Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 'Karia' Chardonnay 2011, Napa ValleyDate published: 26/05/14
The word Karia is derived from the Greek word meaning 'graceful', and this sums up the style that has been aimed for in the making of this Chardonnay. Around 70% barrel fermented, with 30%-new French oak maturation for 9 months. Generous and complex on the nose, which abounds with notes of lemon, orange blossom, fresh apples and toasted brioche. Mouth-filling and delicately spicy, but supremely elegant and refreshing. Drink with fine poultry or seafood, or with matured brie and other creamy cheeses.
Back in stock - Sancerre ‘Les Romains’ 2012, Domaine VacheronDate published: 26/05/14
The top cuveé from this celebrated, family run domaine in Sancerre. Now made in a more classic style and fermented in old oak foudres rather than barriques, this is about as intense and powerful as Sauvignon Blanc gets. With notes of citrus, white peach and minerals, fantastic purity, balanceand length with hints of spice imparted by the oak. It is best drunk now with simply cooked seafood or goat's cheese salads.
Back in stock - Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2009, Clos Saint JeanDate published: 26/05/14
The Maurel brothers have a large estate with significant holdings in the famous La Crau vineyard, which forms the backbone of this wine.Produced from 70-year-old vines, it has a nose of crushed raspberry, plum and kirsch. This is a dense, layered wine with hints of lavender and cinnamon, ripe tannins and a lush texture. A serious wine with a reasonable price tag.
Back in stock - Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2011Date published: 23/05/14
Superb Chardonnay made by husband-and-wife team Walt and Joan Flowers, the aptly-named nursery owners turned winemakers, who have been developing their Sonoma Coast vineyards since 1989.100% barrel fermented, the wine spends a total of 10 months in French oak. Aromas of lemon drop, pear, apricot and a wet stone minerality. This vintage shows crispness and intense fruit on the palate; lush and balanced citrus finish with roundness in mouth feel.
Back in stock - Cervaro Antinori 2010,Date published: 23/05/14
This is a fascinating blend of Grechetto and Chardonnay which is barrel fermented in the finest French oak. Showing a nose of peaches and citrus on a fascinating background of apple blossom and vanilla. On the palate there are hints of apples and honeysuckle with a long creamy finish. A fantastic alternative to 1er Cru white Burgundy and a great food wine.
Back in stock - Puligny-Montrachet 2002, Jean-Marc BoillotDate published: 23/05/14
"The 2002 Puligny-Montrachet, an outstanding village wine, exhibits smoke and lily aromas. Light to medium-bodied, focused and pure, this satiny-textured gem has fabulous concentration and depth. Its refined yet powerfully mineral personality lingers in a lengthy, soft finish". 90 points. Pierre Rovani, The Wine Advocate.
New Arrivals - Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2011, Humbert FrèresDate published: 23/05/14
A generous nose of summer fruit compote is supported by a subtle frame of new oak. Mouth watering acidity and touch of oyster shell mineral salinity refreshes the parts other wines fail to reach.
New Arrivals! - Grands-Echézeaux 2009, Maison Roche de BelleneDate published: 23/05/14
Quite floral and delicate nose, delightfully generous,creamy and elegant on the palate, this is all flirty playfulness and a perfect example of the delicate yet powerful nature of wines from Grands-Echézeaux.
New Arrivals! - Chambolle-Musigny 2009, Domaine Arnoux-LachauxDate published: 23/05/14
A little closed on the nose when we tasted, but ripe red fruit notes emerged with time in the glass. While the tannins on this villages style came across as a little robust, there was an overall sense of balance, suggesting that this will greatly improve as it ages. Attractively fragrant on the finish, with notes of raspberry and white flowers.
New Arrivals! - Beaune 1er Cru Les Sizies 2010, Domaine de MontilleDate published: 23/05/14
With a lovely, limpid appearance in the glass and Pinot fragrance, this is a fantastic introduction to the wines of this great domain. On the palate, this has good weight, density and attractive, fresh acidity.This is a classic Beaune, with strawberry, red cherry and sandalwood notes and a long, grippy finish.
New Arrivals! - Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2009, Pauillac, 5ème Cru ClasséDate published: 21/05/14
"Performing better from bottle than it did from cask (and comparable to their wines 2005, 2000, 1990 and 1982), this is a great classic from Xavier Borie’s estate situated on the back roads west of the town of Pauillac. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by hints of spring flowers, crushed rocks, black currants, cedar and earth/underbrush. Precise and elegant as well as backward and foreboding, it should put on weight in the bottle and evolve for two decades. Very concentrated as well as velvety-textured, it is a beauty of finesse, balance, purity and nobility. It will benefit from 5-7 moreyears of bottle age". 95 points. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.
New Arrivals! - Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux 1998Date published: 21/05/14
The second wine of the famous first growth Château Margaux from what was a fantastic vintage for Merlot. With a plummy richness and notes of black cherry, sandalwood, Christmas spices and great balance this wine is now fully mature.
New Arrivals! - Château Langoa-Barton 2010, St-JulienDate published: 21/05/14
A swathe of rich, weighty and concentrated fruit is pure and focused in style, lifted by the bright acidity characteristic of this vintage. The broad, full palate is constrained by a finetannic frame, to give a defined structure. Quite big and brooding, whilst remaining supple and light on its feet.
New Arrivals! - Château La Croix de Gay 2005, PomerolDate published: 21/05/14
"This is one of the finest efforts to yet emerge from this estate located on the plateau of Pomerol. A combination of 95% Merlot and5% Cabernet Franc, it tips the scales at nearly 14% alcohol. Exhibiting a deep ruby/purple hue as well as a sweet bouquet of loamy soil, blueberries, cherries, plums, and mocha, it possesses lovely ripeness, savory elegance, purity, and overall balance". Drink 2006 - 2021. 88-90 points. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.
Its getting OTT in here - Domaines Ott Château Romassan Rosé 2013 BandolDate published: 20/05/14
Bandol makes some of the most serious wines of Provence, and this is the case for rosé as well as red. Founded in 1896, Domaines Ott uses hand-picking, careful sorting and delicate pressing to make the superb Château Romassan Rosé.An extremely subtle, balanced and complex rosé showing fresh berryaromas and hints of spice.Serve at 10-12°C, as an aperitif, with sweetbreads or Asian cuisine.
Sherry Time - Pedro's Almacenista Selection AmontilladoDate published: 19/05/14
A dark golden colour. Full bodied, with penetrating nutty aromas.Serve at 14ºC with nuts and dried fruits, consommé, white meats,artichokes and spicy Asian dishes.
Sherry Time - Pedro's Almacenista Selection Palo CortadoDate published: 19/05/14
Very rare style of sherry that falls between the elegance of Amontillado and the richness and complexity of Oloroso. From the cellar of Cayetano del Pino, this is a truly magnificent example of the style.
Sherry Time - Pedro's Almacenista Selection OlorosoDate published: 19/05/14
Warm and rounded in style. Full-bodied, with a nutty complexity;expansive on the palate. Excellent with rich foods such as game dishes, casseroles or red meat stews.
Sherry Time - Manzanilla Pasada Pastrana NV, HidalgoDate published: 19/05/14
This old (pasada) Manzanilla comes from the heralded Hidalgo family where it is blended by the head ‘capitaz’ Antonio Sanchez. To acquire such knowledge as a capitaz requires a lifetime of dedication, as they must be familiar with the taste of every cask in the Bodega. An intense nose of apple skins and nuts leads on to a palate characterised by classic notes of almonds, orange peel and a salty twang. A prolonged finish marks this out as a wine of real quality.This Manzanilla should be served chilled as a stunning apéritif.
Sherry Time - Amontillado Seco Napoleon, Hidalgo SHERRY Palomino -Date published: 19/05/14
Traditionally always dry, Amontillado is a sherry allowed to age for a bit longer after the flor has died. Hidalgo, a small, quality conscious family firm in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, produces this in the classic dry style. Bone dry with enticing nutty flavours, a slightly oxididised character and a mouthwatering, pungent, yeasty tang.Incredibly versatile, this is delicious served slightly cool.
Sherry Time - Apostoles 30-Year-Old Palo Cortado, Gonzalez Byass, Half bottleDate published: 19/05/14
Palo Cortado is a light wine chosen to be a Fino but instead aged oxidatively like an Oloroso whilst retaining some of the elegant Fino character. It is the rarest type of sherry and this example has had 30 years' ageing to gain even further complexity. Dark amber in colour, with intense nuttiness and caramel on the nose but a dry finish with a delicate yet mouth-filling warmth.To fully appreciate every nuance of this wine, you must try it by itself,but it will also pair with cheese, salted almonds and tapas.
Sherry Time - Noe 30-Year-Old Pedro Ximenez, Gonzalez Byass, Half bottleDate published: 19/05/14
Made from partially sun-and-air-dried grapes, which are then pressed,fermented, fortified, then aged in Gonzales-Byass's Nectar solera. Aproportion is transferred to the Noe solera, where a blend of vintages of at least 30 years-of-age create this unique sherry. Thick, sticky, luscious and viscous, this sherry is super-sweet yet hugely complex and involving. Flavours of dates, cinnamon, clove, treacle and caramel combine like a silky, liquid pudding.Drink with Christmas pudding, or drizzle over quality vanilla ice cream for an indulgent treat.
Sherry Time - Pedro Ximenez 1985, Bodegas Toro Abala, Half bottleDate published: 19/05/14
Bodegas Toro Abala were the first producer in Montilla to make this dessert-style Pedro Ximenez commercially available in 1970, and have since made a name for themselves as the leading producer of 100%-vintage Pedro Ximenez wines. Luscious and deep in both aroma and flavour, offering an indulgent array of dried date, mocha, sultana and pudding spice characters, with are markably clean, drying finish.Enjoy with rich winter puddings or salted caramel torte.
On the tasting counter today - Fleurie 2011 Domaine des NuguesDate published: 18/05/14
A very summery wine Fleurie is perhaps the most famous of the 13 Beaujolais Crus. This example made by the hugely talented Giles Gelin from a couple of hectares of 60 year old vines. With the aim of producing Beaujolais Crus capable of ageing for 3 years or more, enormous care has gone into producing this top Fleurie. Following on from a serious nose of crushed raspberry, violets and minerality, the palate is medium bodied with structure and balance. A real purity of fruit is complemented by a slight smokey character. Amazing value that you just cannot find from neighboring Burgundy these days.
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On the tasting counter today - Parcel Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Maipo ValleyDate published: 18/05/14
A limited parcel made exclusively for Majestic by one of Maipo Valley's best producers. The grapes are hand-picked from mature vines in the cool Andean foothills, fermented with selected yeasts, then transferred to French oak barrels for 18 months' maturation. This gives classic cassis-like aroma overlaid with ripe red berries, vanilla and soft dark spice that you look for in a really good Chilean Cab. Impressively pure fruit on the palate, with sense of real richness and weight conveyed by dense, smooth tannins. If the BBQ is out then this is the red to go with it!33% off at £7.32
On the tasting counter today - Etoile de Mer Rosé 2013 LubéronDate published: 18/05/14
Luberon is a mountainous area in the northern part of Provence, between the Mediterranean and the southern Rhône, whose high altitudes create a milder climate. The location is evident in this wine's style, which has obvious influences from both its neighbours. Made from Grenache and Syrah this is a Provence rosé with a little extra fruit density. The nose is full of pronounced aromas of ripe strawberry with subtle herbal hints, and the palate is lush and round, with a clean, dry finish. Perfect now the sun has decided to show its face!
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On the tasting counter today - Gavi 2013, AraldicaDate published: 18/05/14
Having written a little bit about Gavi recently it is only appropriate that it finds its way to the tasting counter! For those who haven't read the previous article Gavi is a small town and winemaking sub-region in the far south-east corner of Piedmont, around 50km inland of the Med, famed for the Cortese grape which is indigenous to the north of Italy, and a popular feature in the restaurants of the Ligurian coast. Zippy, fresh and predominantly citrus-flavoured wine, with a racy lime-zest and nettle aroma. Refreshingly clean on the palate, with enduring, mouthwatering acidity.
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On the tasting counter today - Mudhouse Sauvignon Blanc 2013Date published: 18/05/14
Mud House Wines was started in 1996, and is a producer focused on sustainable viticulture. Just over half the fruit for this wine is sourced from their own Woolshed vineyard in the prestigious Upper Wairau Valley arguably one of the best sites in Marlborough, with the remainder sourced from partner growers. This is amazing wine and great value! Pale straw yellow in colour traditional aromas of fresh grapefruit, guava and hints of nettles. Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrus and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones. This really is a bargain!
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Gavi DOCGDate published: 17/05/14
Gavi is a DOCG is Piedmont North west Italy. First given protective DOC rights in 1974 and then DOCG in 1998 it has become one of the classics of the Italian white. Made exclusively from Cortese wines have been produced here arguably since roman times but most of the current long established vineyards can often date back to the 16th century. The term Gavi di Gavi is reserved for the wine made within the borders of the town of Gavi where the grapes have the best exposure.
Open at our summer tasting! - Clos L’Abeilley 2011, Sauternes, Half bottleDate published: 12/05/14
The vineyards of Sauternes, with their misty conditions, are perfect for inducing botrytis, the noble rot responsible for the superb concentration and sweetness of these incomparable wines.Wild honey aromas, luscious apricot fruit, with a racy acidity that superbly balances the sweetness on the excellent finish. Classically this wine would have been matched with Roquefort cheese.Drink chilled.
Open at our summer tasting! - Brown Brothers Orange Muscat and Flora 2012, VictoriaDate published: 12/05/14
From Brown Brothers Mystic Park Vineyard in Victoria this is an exciting blend of late-harvested Orange Muscat along with the little known Flora.A cross between Semillon and Gewürztraminer, Flora lends a distinct fragrance to the wine. Aromas of orange blossom, fresh citrus and spice, with a textured and rich palate, a crisp acidity balances the sweetness of the palate and leads on in a zesty finish. A rich and rewarding dessert accompaniment.
Open at our summer tasting! - Château Sénéjac 2005, Haut- MédocDate published: 12/05/14
"An attractive, reasonably priced offering, the 2005 Senejac exhibits subtle aromas of roasted herbs interwoven with scents of cedar, fruitcake, black currants, and cherries. Medium-bodied and slightly tannic, it will provide savory drinking over the next 10-12 years". 88 points. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (2008).
Open at our summer tasting! - Rioja Gran Reserva ‘Torre Aldea’ 2006, Viñedos de AldeanuevaDate published: 12/05/14
The Rioja region has been transformed in recent years, with the addition of new, quality-conscious producers to the list of older, family-owned bodegas. This Gran Reserva is a product of new management. A lovely, clean, fresh example, with lovely strawberry fruit of 'real' Rioja,deep ruby with terracotta reflections, aromas of raisins, vanilla, leather and chocolate leap from the glass. Enjoy with lamb kebabs marinated in paprika and served with aioli.
Open at our summer tasting! - Parcel Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Maipo ValleyDate published: 12/05/14
A limited parcel made exclusively for Majestic by one of Maipo Valley's best producers. The grapes are hand-picked from mature vines in the cool Andean foothills, fermented with selected yeasts, then transferred to French oak barrels for 18 months' maturation.A classic cassis-like aroma overlaid with ripe red berries, vanilla and soft dark spice. Impressively pure fruit on the palate, with sense of real richness and weight conveyed by dense, smooth tannins.Enjoy with oxtail casserole or other tender, slow-cooked red meats.
Open at our summer tasting! - Foxen Pinot Noir 2012, Santa Maria Valley, Santa BarbaraDate published: 12/05/14
This small Santa Barbara winery produces highly individual Pinot Noir wines quite unlike those from Napa and Sonoma. It offers aromatic flavours of herb, black cherry and spicy new oak scents with a ripe tannic structure. Excellent with duck, goose or turkey.
Open at our summer tasting! - First Class Pinot Noir 2013, Casablanca ValleyDate published: 12/05/14
This wine is sourced from the Casablanca Valley and vinified at a state of-the art winery in neighbouring Maipo Valley. Following a cold soak, the grapes are fermented with selected yeasts, and matured without oak fora fruit-focused character.Jam-packed with red fruits on both nose and palate, this Pinot Noir is a wash with raspberry, strawberry and redcurrant fruit, framed by supple tannins and gentle hints of floral and pepper hints.A great partner for tender pork loin.
Open at our summer tasting! - Etoile de Mer Rosé 2013, LuberonDate published: 12/05/14
Luberon is a mountainous area in the northern part of Provence, between the Mediterranean and the southern Rhône, whose high altitudes create a milder climate. The location is evident in this wine's style, which has obvious influences from both its neighbors.A Provence rosé with a little extra fruit density. The nose is full of pronounced aromas of ripe strawberry with subtle herbal hints, and the palate is lush and round, with a clean, dry finish.Serve chilled on its own, or pair with grilled fish and salads.
On the tasting counter today - Greywacke Riesling 2012, MarlboroughDate published: 12/05/14
"Opening with delicate notes of fresh lime juice, lime leaves andjasmine as well as hints of crushed stones, lemon zest and corianderseed, the 2012 Riesling is light-bodied and off-dry in the mouth witha vibrant acid line lifting the citrusy flavors through the finishing withsatisfying freshness and length. Drink it now to 2017+". 88 points.Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate.
Open at our summer tasting! - Meursault 1er Cru 'Les Poruzots' 2011, Buisson-BattaultDate published: 12/05/14
The Premier Cru vineyard Les Poruzots is an 11.43 hectare siteproducing rich and fruity wines that tend to be more intense than subtle and elegant. Buisson-Battault produce a very typical style from this vineyard, marrying oak and fruit in a powerful fusion. Opulent, rich and buttery with mineral overtones, this is everything a Premier Cru Meursault should be. A long, toasty finish and plenty ofstone fruit provide a complex, warming finish.Rich enough to stand up to the most potent of cheeses, this wine will also work well with a variety of game, poultry and fish recipes.
Open at our summer tasting! - Montagny 1er Cru 'Les Millières' 2009, Cave des Vignerons de BuxyDate published: 12/05/14
A Premier Cru from the Montagny appellation in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise. Cave des Vignerons de Buxy is an excellent, quality conscious producer and, being a co-operative, offers excellent value for money.A delicious, fresh Chardonnay which has been fermented and matured instainless steel tanks to preserve the pure peach, pear and acaciaaromas. Soft and rich on the palate.Enjoy with cold cuts of ham, this is a genuine bargain not to be missed.
Open at our summer tasting! - Laurent Miquel L'Artisan Chardonnay 2011, PGI Pays d'OcDate published: 12/05/14
Laurent Miquel is the eighth generation winemaker in this family estate,which has made wines in the Languedoc since 1791. This wine is madeby careful blending of a number of separately-vinified cuvées, both oakedand unoaked, to balance freshness and complexity.Complex aromas of honeydew melon, pear and grapefruit dominate the nose, which continues on the palate in a cascade of citrus and stone fruit flavours, along with a touch of oaky creaminess.A delight to drink on its own, or with spicy Thai or Indonesian cuisine.
Open at our summer tasting! - Pouilly-Fumé 2012, Jean VincentDate published: 12/05/14
Father-and-son team Jean and Vincent Chatelain are the 11th and 12th generations of an illustrious wine making family, based in the heart of Pouilly-sur-Loire. Each parcel of their 30 ha estate is vinified individually to maintain the character of each plot.An intensely aromatic wine, with a nose that centres on gooseberry fruit,enhanced by a smoky, flinty character. This mineral theme continues allthe way to the long, steely finish.A mouthwatering, dry aperitif wine, also ideal with fresh shellfish dishes.
Open at our summer tasting! - Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009, EnglandDate published: 12/05/14
Nyetimber are located in West Sussex, and since their original plantings of classic varieties in 1988, have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house, making world class wines to rival (and often beat in blind tastings) the big names of Champagne.A beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche andshortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling andpersistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised.The ultimate home-grown alternative to Champagne, for all special occasions.
Bianco di CustozaDate published: 10/05/14
Bianco di Custoza is a white-wine from Veneto in north-eastern Italy. It has been granted DOC status and has often been dubbed the white answer to Bardolino (a fresh fruity red grown on the shores of Lake Garda,) particularly as the production areas of the two DOCs overlap. This is a really fresh and vibrant wine, the perfect alternative to Pinot Grigio! It a blend of up to 11 grapes .... but the ones that have to be in there are Trebbiano Toscano, Garganega (found in Soave), Fruiliano and Bianca Fernanda. They are light-bodied with fresh, stony, citrus fruit and really are a great easy drink white this summer!
Meursault 2011, Nicolas PotelDate published: 09/05/14
This great example of a classic Burgundian Meursault and at only £22.00 !!
The commune of Meursault is located in the southern part of the Côte deBeaune, on an area of clay and limestone slopes, with a predominantly south-easterly aspect. The appellation is known for making a generousand approachable style of Chardonnay.
An inviting shade of pale gold, offering a rich nose of apple and peach,with hints of flowers, vanilla and pepper. The palate is fresh and ripe,with soft-edged acidity and a nutty minerality.
Drink with roast chicken or fleshy white fish dishes.
Clos Saint-Denis AOCDate published: 08/05/14
Clos Saint-Denis was originally a church-owned vineyard, belonging to the Collégiale de St-Denis de Vergy, named after Saint Denis. A Grand Cru vineyard for red wine in the Côte de Nuits subregion of Burgundy, with Pinot noir as the main grape variety. It is situated in the commune of Morey-Saint-Denis in the Côte-d'Or département. Clos de la Roche is located just to the north of the village Morey-Saint-Denis (which has borrowed its name from the vineyard) and borders to the Grand Cru vineyard Clos de la Roche in the north. The AOC was created in 1936, and the Clos part of its name refers to a wall-enclosed vineyard.
French AOC Cheeses - LivarotDate published: 08/05/14
Livarot is from the Normandy region, originating in the commune of Livarot, and protected by an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) since 1975.It is a soft, pungent, washed rind cheese made from cow's milk. It is both beloved and reviled for its earthy aroma, which has been described by some as reminiscent of feces or "barnyard". The normal weight for a round of Livarot is 450 g, though it also comes in other weights. It is sold in cylindrical form with the orangish rind wrapped in 3 to 5 rings of dried reedmace (Typha latifolia). For this reason, it has been referred to as 'colonel', as the rings of dried bullrush resemble the stripes on a colonel's uniform. Sometimes green paper is also used. Its orange colour comes from different sources depending on the manufacturer, but is often annatto. The bacterium Brevibacterium linens is employed in fermentation. Production in 1998 was 1,101 tons, down 12.2% since 1996. Only 12% of Livarot are made from raw, unpasteurized milk. Its period of optimal tasting is spread out from May to September after a refining from 6 to 8 weeks, but it is also excellent from March to December.
On the tasting counter today - Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2012/13, M.ChapoutierDate published: 07/05/14
The Chapoutier family have produced wines in the Rhône Valley since 1808. Michel Chapoutier, currently in charge, has combined traditionwith a dynamic, creative approach and makes some of the best wines ofthe region.A superb wine with rich aromas of dark fruit, earthy minerals and spice.Soft and round on the palate with smooth tannins, rich blackberry and cherry fruit, hints of liquorice and a substantial finish.This wine can be enjoyed over the next several years and will superbly partner most rich meat dishes.
On the tasting counter today - Rioja Gran Reserva 2004, Viña EguíaDate published: 07/05/14
Bodegas Eguía are located in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa sub region,where they have 50 hectares of estate vineyards as well as several partner growers, with vines averaging 40 years of age. This wine receives 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release.Ruby red with medium density and a brick-like rim. The fruit is very mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather. Silky mouth-feel and good length.Drink with all slow-cooked lamb dishes, or with nutty-tasting cheeses.
On the tasting counter today - The Scribbler 2010, YalumbaDate published: 07/05/14
Named as an alternative to its own 'Signature' blend, The Scribbler is Yalumba's more youthful take on Australia's classic Cabernet-Shirazcombination, made with a view to early enjoyment.Dense and vibrant purple in colour, with a nose of concentrated dark fruits, liquorice and black olive. The palate is lush and full, with a generous sweetness of fruit and plump, rounded tannins. Yalumba recommends serving with a game pie with a truffled Parmesan and parsnip mash.
On the tasting counter today - Cousiño-Macul Antiguas Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Maipo ValleyDate published: 07/05/14
Cousiño-Macul was founded in 1856, and is the only Chilean winery from the 19th century that remains in the hands of its founding family today.This wine comes from vines descended from some of Chile's earliest plantings of Bordeaux-sourced Cabernet Sauvignon vines.An intense and fruit-focused red, full of black cherry and ripe plum flavours, with ample tannins softened by sweet spice notes developed by maturation in small French oak barrels.Ready to enjoy now, with red meats.
On the tasting counter today - Gavi 2013, La ToledanaDate published: 07/05/14
The white wines of the village of Gavi in Piedmont have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality. Wines from the vineyards closest to the town are labelled Gavi di Gavi, and this one is made from late-harvested grapes.Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity.An ideal aperitif, this wine will also complement poached white fish with a rocket and cherry tomato salad.
Château Climens 2009, Barsac, Half bottleDate published: 06/05/14
Tasted before assemblage. Highly botryised in nature. Rich on thepalate, yet retaining a lovely sense of delicacy and an expressiveflorality. There is, naturally, sweetness here, but it seems subtle andreined in. This is likely to be a precise and understated wine, withgreat poise and finesse.
Last Bottle!!!!! - Chablis Grand Cru 2012, VocoretDate published: 06/05/14
From one of the northernmost wine-growing areas in the world, where acombination of cool weather, limestone soils and a layer of Kimmeridgianclay, Grand Cru Chablis produces the epitome of cool climateChardonnay. Les Clos produces the most complex of the Grand Cru.Complex aromas of white and tropical fruits, citrus and white flowers,with just a subtle hint of oak. Medium bodied with zesty, lemon fruitsand a rounded, elegant and restrained finish.Drinking well now, but over the next five years the wine will get morecomplex and creamier. Enjoy with poultry.
Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2011, MarlboroughDate published: 05/05/14
New Zealand is one of the few places in the world where this grapevariety achieves elusive perfection, and the highly esteemed Cloudy BayEstate have surpassed themselves in the production of this innovativePinot Noir.Delicate confected nose, with vanilla and hints of spice. A seductivepalate, where dark cherries and strawberries are complemented bytoasty characters and silky tannins. A complex and textured finish.Try this with slow-cooked pork belly or a wild mushroom risotto.
Numanthia 2008Date published: 05/05/14
Made from 100% Tempranillo from Spain's Toro region, Numanthiais a potent and full-bodied red with aromas of cassis, blackberry,cedar, spice and coffee. Aged for 20 months in French oak barrels,it serves up rich flavours of blackberry, chocolate and spice, leavinga long and memorable finish. Powerful, layered and complex, it is enjoyable immediately but will also reward 10 years' cellaring.
Terrazas de los Andes 'Las Compuertas' Malbec 2009, MendozaDate published: 05/05/14
Stunning Malbec from a single vineyard site at a lofty 1067m abovesea level. Hand-harvested berries are sorted by hand and fullydestemmed for maximum purity of fruit. Only the free-run juice isused for this wine, which is matured in new French oak for 18months before being bottled unfiltered. Offers riveting aromas offreshly crushed cherries and plums, wild flowers, incense and spices.The palate is voluminous and polished. Will age for up to 15 years in bottle.
Cheval des Andes 2007, ArgentinaDate published: 05/05/14
A project between Las Terrazas and famous Bordeaux ‘first growth’Cheval Blanc, this wine combines spectacular New World terroir with OldWorld know-how. Matured in new French oak and made from ungraftedMalbec vines up to 80 years in age. Truly a wine to savour.Inky black and opulent, this ultra-powerful wine offers concentratedviolets, brooding dark fruit and vanilla on the nose and a huge, yetsupple full finish and long length.Immensely powerful and rich now, this wine will really develop into asmoky, leathery beast over the next 5-10 years.
Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay 2013, Central ValleyDate published: 05/05/14
Santa Rita have extensive vineyards throughout Chile's Central Valley,spanning a wide variety of locations and terrain. This Chardonnaybenefits from both the fresh acidity of the coastal vineyard fruit, and themore tropical flavours found in vineyards nearer the Andes.A youthfully green-tinged lemon yellow wine, with an inviting nose ofyellow apple, tangerine zest and ripe melon. Refreshing and zippy on thepalate, with a soft, clean finish.Enjoyable on its own, or with a chicken Caesar salad.
Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Maipo ValleyDate published: 05/05/14
Santa Rita was founded in 1880, by Mr. Domingo Fernández Concha.Each lot is individually vinified at its peak of ripeness and aged in frenchoak barrels.Deep, ripe ruby red in colour with a nose of blackcurrant, menthol andtoasty vanilla notes. Rich, ripe almost sweet tannins and a long length.Enjoy with spicy red meats, venison and goose.
Errazuriz Estate Series Pinot Noir 2012, Valle de AconcaguaDate published: 05/05/14
Don Maximiano Errázuriz founded Viña Errázuriz in 1870 in the Valle deAconcagua, 100 kms north of the capital city, Santiago. He realised thatthe cool, rainy winters and hot, dry summers combined with Pacificbreezes to make it an ideal area to grow grapes.An attractive colour with an aromatic nose of cherries, floral notes and atouch of mint. The fresh palate displays fruit that is well-balanced bysmoky nuances from the oak ageing.A smooth, silky mouth feel make this an excellent partner to roast pork or fillet of salmon.
Rioja Gran Reserva 2004, Viña EguíaDate published: 05/05/14
Bodegas Eguía are located in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa subregion,where they have 50 hectares of estate vineyards as well as severalpartner growers, with vines averaging 40 years of age. This wine receives30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release.Ruby red with medium density and a brick-like rim. The fruit is verymature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied byvanilla, clove and leather. Silky mouth-feel and good length.Drink with all slow-cooked lamb dishes, or with nutty-tasting cheeses.
The Scribbler 2010, YalumbaDate published: 05/05/14
Named as an alternative to its own 'Signature' blend, The Scribbler isYalumba's more youthful take on Australia's classic Cabernet-Shirazcombination, made with a view to early enjoyment.Dense and vibrant purple in colour, with a nose of concentrated darkfruits, liquorice and black olive. The palate is lush and full, with agenerous sweetness of fruit and plump, rounded tannins.Yalumba recommends serving with a game pie with a truffled parmesanand parsnip mash.
Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2011, Casablanca ValleyDate published: 05/05/14
With grapes taken from 'La Escultura Estate,' where cool sea breezeshelp preserve the freshness in the grapes. Naturally occurring yeast inthe grape skins are used instead of cultivated yeasts, along with subtleuse of 10% French oak.This wine is unbelievably well balanced, with subtle tropical stone fruit inthe form of apricot and peach mingling with subtle oak characters and arich creaminess.Enjoy this wine over the next 2 years to allow further integration of oakand fruit, and enjoy with roast chicken and seafood dishes.
Pouilly-Fumé 2012, Jean VincentDate published: 05/05/14
Father-and-son team Jean and Vincent Chatelain are the 11th and 12thgenerations of an illustrious winemaking family, based in the heart ofPouilly-sur-Loire. Each parcel of their 30ha estate is vinified individuallyto maintain the character of each plot.An intensely aromatic wine, with a nose that centres on gooseberry fruit,enhanced by a smoky, flinty character. This mineral theme continues allthe way to the long, steely finish.A mouthwatering, dry aperitif wine, also ideal with fresh shellfish dishes.
Stella Alpina Chardonnay 2012, DOC Alto AdigeDate published: 05/05/14
Alto Adige, also known as South Tyrol, is Italy's northernmost wineregion, bordering the Alps and Dolomites. The climate offers superbconditions for ripening top-quality grapes, combining 1800 annualsunshine hours with moderate temperatures due to the high altitude.A supremely poised and harmonious Chardonnay, possessing a finebalance between firm acidic backbone and rounded opulence. Brightgolden yellow colour and hints of tropical fruit.Perfect with feta-stuffed breast of chicken.
Fixin AOCDate published: 30/04/14
The Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) Fixin may be used for red and white wine with respectively Pinot noir and Chardonnay as the main grape variety. The production of red wine dominates greatly, with around 96 per cent, and only around four per cent white wine. There are no Grand Cru vineyards with these communes. In 2008, 96.01 hectares (237.2 acres) of vineyard surface was in production for Fixin at village and Premier Cru level, and 3,958 hectoliter of wine was produced, of which 3,797 hectoliter red wine and 161 hectoliter white wine. Some 3.55 hectares (8.8 acres) of this area was used for the white wines in 2007. The total amount produced corresponds to just over 500,000 bottles of red wine and just over 20,000 bottles of white wine.
Brouilly AOCDate published: 30/04/14
The largest Cru in Beaujolais, situated around Mont Brouilly and contains within its boundaries the sub-district of Côte de Brouilly. The wines are noted for their aromas ofblueberries, cherries, raspberries and currants. Along with Côte de Brouilly, this is the only Cru Beaujolais region that permits grapes other than Gamay to be produced in the area with vineyards growing Chardonnay, Aligote and Melon de Bourgogne as well. The Brouilly cru also contains the famous Pisse Vieille vineyard which received its name from a local legend of a devout Catholic woman who misheard the local priest's absolution to "Allez! Et ne péchez plus." (Go! And sin no more.) as "Allez! Et ne pissez plus." (Go! And piss no more). The vineyard name is the admonishment that her husband gave to her upon learning of the priest's words.
Classed Growths - Château Kirwan - Troisièmes CrusDate published: 28/04/14
Château Kirwan is a winery in the Margaux appellation of the Bordeaux region of France. The wine produced here was classified as one of fourteen Troisièmes Crus(Third Growths) in the historic Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. Château Kirwan has 40 hectares (99 acres) of vineyards, planted to 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Petit Verdot. The Kirwan family were one of the Tribes of Galway fourteen merchant families who dominated the political, commercial, and social life of the city of Galway in western Ireland between the mid-13th and late-19th centuries. They were the families of Athy, Blake, Bodkin, Browne, D'Arcy, Deane, Font, French, Joyce, Kirwan, Lynch, Martin, Morris and Skerrett. They were of mixed origins, variously Norman, Hiberno-Norman, Gaelic-Irish, French, Welsh and English, or some combination of the above.
Volnay AOCDate published: 28/04/14
There are 30 climats within the Volnay AOC that are classified as Premier Cruvineyards, which stretch in a wide band through the commune, located mid-slope and on both sides of the D973 road. Their wines are designated Volnay Premier Cru+ vineyard name, or may be labelled just Volnay Premier Cru, in which case it is possible to blend wine from several Premier Cru vineyards within the AOC. The climats classified as Premiers Crus, and located within Volnay, are: Pitures-Dessus, Lassolle, Clos des Ducs, Le Village, Clos de la Cave des Ducs, Clos de l’Audignac, Clos de la Chapelle, Clos du Château des Ducs, Clos de la Rougeotte, Frémiets-Clos de la Rougeotte, Clos de la Barre, Clos de la Bousse d’Or, Les Brouillards, Mitans, Les Angles, Frémiets, La Gigotte, Les Lurets, Robardelle, Carelle sous la Chapelle, Le Ronceret, Champans, Les Caillerets, Les Caillerets-Clos des 60 Ouvrées, En Chevret, Taille Pieds, Clos du Verseuil Clos des Chênes, Pointes d'Angles
Classed Growths - Château Duhart-Milon - Quatrièmes CrusDate published: 28/04/14
Château Duhart-Milon, previously also Château Duhart-Milon-Rothschild, is a winery in the Pauillac appellation of theBordeaux region of France. The wine produced here was classified as one of ten Quatrièmes Crus Classés (Fourth Growths) in the historic Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. The Château has 175 acres planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Château produces a second wine under the label Moulin de Duhart. It is managed by Charles Chevallier, general manager at Château Lafite Rothschild.
Franciacorta DOCGDate published: 27/04/14
Hi Have recently discovered the amazing sparking wines of Franciacorta in Lombardy, Northern Italy in the lakes. It was awarded DOCG classification in 1995 and that applies exclusively to the sparkling wines of the area. The DOCG declared vineyards extend 2,200 hectares (5,400 acres) and the distribution of permitted grape varieties are 85% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot nero and 5% Pinot bianco! Heavily chardonnay based nonvintage Franciacorta (NV) may not be released until at least 25 months after harvest, of which 18 months must be in contact with the yeast in the bottle (compared to 15 months in the case of Champagne). Franciacorta Vintage or Millesimato may not be sold until at least 37 months after harvest, of which 30 months must be in contact with the yeast (similar to Champagne.) The dosage levels are the same as Champagne. SO look out for this cracking value alternative to Champagne! (Although like Champagne top Franciacorta can cost serious money! But the quality level of normal NV is normally fantastic value for money!
Costières de Nîmes AOCDate published: 26/04/14
Costières de Nîmes is an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for wines that are produced in an area between the ancient city of Nîmes and the western Rhône delta, in the French department of the Gard. Formerly part of the Languedoc region of France, as the wines more resemble those of the Rhône valley in character than of the Languedoc, it is now part of the Rhone wine area and administered by the Rhône Wine committee which has its headquarters in Avignon. Wines from the region have been produced for over two millennia and were consumed by the Greeks in pre-Roman times, making it one of the oldest vineyards in Europe. The area was settled by veterans of Julius Caesar's campaigns in Egypt, and bottles of Costières de Nîmes bear the symbol of the Roman settlement at Nîmes, a crocodile chained to a palm tree. According to a chart in the kitchen of the Palais des Papes in Avignon, many of the towns in what is now the Costieres de Nîmes region were the main suppliers of wine to the Popes of that era.
French AOC Cheeses - Brie de MeauxDate published: 26/04/14
This cheese was named the "king of cheeses" in 1815 by Talleyrand at the Congress of Vienna. Brie de Meaux is a French brie cheese of the Brie region and a designated AOC product since 1980. Its name comes from the town of Meaux in the Brie region. As of 2003, 6,774 tonnes (-13.4% since 1998) were produced annually. Brie de Meaux is made from cow's milk, with an average weight of 2.8 kg (6.2 lb) for a diameter of 36 to 37 cm (14 to 15 in). It has a soft, delicate white rind. The interior of the cheese is straw-yellow, creamy and soft. A modern legend identifies as Brie de Meaux a certain cheese, "rich and creamy", with an edible white rind that in the eighth century French Emperor Charlemagne first tasted in the company of a bishop and approved, requiring two cartloads to be sent to Aachen annually. Perhaps it would have been enjoyed with the rich wines of the Corton Charlemagne vineyard in burgundy. Previously planted with Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Aligote you would now have to travel to California to experience a similar wine. Or pop in and grap a bottle of ABC Hildegaurd for a little slice of Burgundian history.
Classed Growths - Château Talbot - Quatrièmes CrusDate published: 26/04/14
The property takes its name from Sir John Talbot, Governor of Aquitaine, Earl of Shrewsbury, in the 15th century. He was the last British Governor of Bordeaux marking the end of a distinct period on the History of the region which helped cement the strong demand for the wines of the region in the British wine market. The vineyard area of Chateau Talbot extends 102 hectares (250 acres), located a short distance from the Gironde estuary, is among the largest in Bordeaux. The vineyard is on fine gravelly rises, which are well drained. The distribution of red wine grape varieties is 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 4%Petit Verdot. The average age of the vines is 42 years old with a 45 hl/ha yield. Château Talbot produces three wines; an eponymous grand vin, asecond wine called Connétable de Talbot and one of the Médoc's oldest dry white wines, Caillou Blanc.
Hamilton Block Coonawarra CabernetDate published: 19/04/14
The Coonawarra district lies on the boundaries of South Wales, New South Wales and Victoria just south of Adelaide. It is distinctive for the bright red slightly crumbly soil and its coastal conditions (not unlike Bordeaux) are perfect for growing Cabernet Sauvignon.
This Cabernet is a typical example of Coonawarra's famous medium-bodied, intensely fruity and fragrant style. It comes from one of Leconfield's three mature vineyard blocks in Coonawarra, first planted in 1974, and has been matured with minimal oak contact. Made in a deliberately fruit-forward style, offering inky blackcurrant and plum fruit, accented with hints of cedar and fresh leaves. Ripe and elegant, with long, soft tannins. This is a great example of the wonderful distinctive Cabernet produced by this sub region!
£8.66 On the Easter Pick' N' Mix offer
GlenmorangieDate published: 11/04/14
This is a distillery with immense history and passion behind it, the name comes from the Gaelic gleann mor na sith "vale of tranquility" or gleann mór innse "vale of big meadows" and it is situated in Tain, Ross-shire in the Highlands. It uses the the Tarlogie Spring and it is reported that whisky was first being made at the at Morangie Farm in 1738. Since then it has become one of the biggest names in Highland Malt whisky and has won international acclaim.
We have most of the range in stock;
Glenmorangie 25yr old £250 - Quarter Century offers thick, dark fruits, with those tropical, malty tones. Rounded and luxurious, just simply superb.
Glenmorangie Signet £150 - A fusion of unique and rare elements, and clouded in secrecy, Signet is the culmination of a lifetime's experience a non age specific whisky this is truly unique.
Glenmorangie 18yr old £90 - A wonderfully creamy and thick 18 year old dram, matured for 15 years in ex bourbon casks before being finished in Oloroso sherry casks.
Glenmorangie 10yr old £37.50 - A classic pure and simple.
Easter Opening HoursDate published: 10/04/14
Just forewarning of our opening times over the Easter holidays!
Friday 18th April - 9am - 7pm
Saturday 19th April - 10am - 6pm
Sunday 20th April - Closed
Monday 21st April - 10am - 3pm
Don't leave it too late there will be limited availability on some of the great offers especially some of the Champagne offers so stock up now!
HineDate published: 10/04/14
I am pleased to announce that we have just got back into stop the following products from Hine!
I have to admit I had little idea of the true heritage and great fun that this House has to offer ..... "The House of HINE stands on the banks of the River Charente, deep in Cognac country. In the ancient cellars behind, little has changed in 250 years. Always locked, they protect the finest vintages. This is one of the oldest houses in Jarnac, and has always been the company's headquarters.
For over two centuries, the Hine family home remained largely unchanged. But then experimental English designer Russell Sage, known for his love of antique textiles, ancient buildings and the finer things in life, was brought in to give the place fresh new appeal. He combined the ‘best of British' traditions (the likes of Savile Row bespoke tailoring, hand-made shoes and city shirts) with out-and-out British eccentricity. His unorthodox approach — much in line with HINE's — gave rise to a delightfully original interior design style!"
Hine Antique XO - £125
In 1920, Georges HINE created Antique, a complex and stunning cognac. 90 years later, the House of HINE reinterprets this timeless classic, now an XO Premier Cru.
Sensory journey: provocative perfumes of spices, vanilla and liquorice blend together with irresistible hints of chocolate and baked apple. Complex, rich, supple, balanced and long-lasting on the palate.
Blend: a blend of over 40 cognacs all aged for a minimum of 10 years, exclusively from grapes grown in Grande Champagne, the finest cru of the Cognac region.
Hine Rare VSOP - £45
Nose and Palate: notes of jasmine, acacia, vanilla, oak and fruit. Delicate, well-balanced, mellow and smooth on the palate.
Blend: a Fine Champagne blend of over 25 cognacs. More than 50% are from grapes grown in the Grande Champagne and the remaining from the Petite Champagne, the 2 finest cognac crus.
H By Hine - £30 (on the spirits multi buy deal)
Nose and Palete: floral on the nose with notes of jasmine, acacia, iris, lily of the valley, apricot and vanilla and velvet smooth on the palate.
Blend: a harmonious blend of 20 cognacs aged for a minimum of 4 years, from grapes grown in the Grande Champagne and the Petite Champagne, the 2 finest crus in the Cognac region.
Regional Focus - Bierzo Date published: 05/04/14
Situated in the province of Leon in northwest Spain this area is beautiful mountain scenery and historic castles the wines produced are roughly midway between the lighter fruit driven styles of Glacia and the serious heavyweights of the Duero valley. (Ribera del duero etc) The vineyards are normally a mixture of slopes and terraces.
Mencia is the key grape variety here with in the hands of the right wine maker delivering lovely,fresh, crisp fruit and elegant tannins it is in the main made for enjoying when its young. However recently it has shown some potential for ageing and is increasingly on the radar of wine makers and critics, this is a grape variety to watch!
Petalos Bierzo - £15.99 when you buy 2 or more.
Pizzers del Otero Bierzo - £6.66 wen you buy any 2 Pick' N' Mix wines
Mothers' Day Magical OffersDate published: 24/03/14
Here at Majestic, we always like to give amazing offers on all our wines. Currently, we are running THREE (YES THREE!) superb offers on vintage Champagne from household names such as Veuve Clicquot, Laurent Perrier and Perrier Jouet. These deals are fantastic value for money and definitely should not be missed. They are also great gifts for Mother's Day, because we all have to look after our Mum's! The Champagne's included in this exclusive web parcel are:
Veuve Clicquot 2004 6x75cl Bottles - £199.86
Made only in exceptional years this is a classic expression of the Clicquot style. The strength and body, due to two-thirds of black grapes, is balanced by the finesse and elegance of the remaining third of Chardonnay.
Wonderfully golden in colour with mouth-watering lemon and baked apple flavours. This vintage boasts fine bubbles to give a creamy mouth-feel. An excellent companion to fish or white meat.
Laurent-Perrier 2004 6x75cl Bottles - £180.00
Founded in 1812, Laurent-Perrier remains in family hands to this day. This superb Brut Millèsime is a 50-50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, all from grand cru vineyards.
A medium straw yellow in colour with an open and well developed nose. A well sustained palate with a slight biscuity character and a long honeyed finish. Serve just above fridge temperature as an apéritif or with seafood.
Belle Epoque 2006 Perrier-Jouët 6x75cl Bottles - £399.96
From Perrier-Jouët, Belle Epoque is one of the first 'Prestige Cuvee' Champagnes, in a bottle adorned with hand-painted Art Nouveau flowers.
The rich, creamy palate and floral aromas entice and seduce all-comers.The fine mousse compliments the full palate of baked apple, white blossom and lemon notes to give a lingering, rounded finish. Fantastic ageing potential, to be brought out to make any occasion special. Enjoy as an aperitif or with a selection of fish dishes.
If you are interested in ordering any of these Champagnes, please place your order via majestic.co.uk
Wine of the Week - Matsu El Recio 2011, Toro.Date published: 24/03/14
Made from 100% Tempranillo this is a fantastic wine and for only £12.99 when you buy two or more, it's a bargin!
El Recio translates as 'the tough guy', and is a more serious, mature wine, made from the product of some of Toro's oldest vines, which are cultivated using advanced biodynamic techniques. 14 months in new French oak provide opulence and polish.
Intense and opolent, this wine is a mass of deep black fruit, chocolate, roasted coffee bean and vanilla pod aromas. Voluptuous and weighty, with a firm structure, held together by silky tannins.
A great steak wine, which longs to be paired with rare asado-style beef fillet or sirloin. Drink now or keep for 2-5 years.
Guigal Condrieu 2011Date published: 21/03/14
Guigal Condrieu 2011
Founded in 1946 in the small ancient village in Ampuis in the Cote Rote appellation of northern Rhone the Guigal family, (now in its third generation) have being getting the best out of this unique steep terraced hillside terroir ever since.
With an average vine age of 25 years and very low yields this outstanding quality Viognier goes through100% malolactic fermentation. Fermentation happens in at third new barrels, two thirds stainless steel tanks.
This is Viognier at its very best. An intense nose with the backbone of apricots white peaches and citrus lifted with with floral notes you cannot wait to take sip. Fresh and round this wine really fills your mouth with pears, sweet peaches and pineapples , with a silky palate-feel and lashings of vanilla and spice on the long lingering finish.
£34 a bottle and worth every penny!
Vin de ConstanceDate published: 06/03/14
The Vin de Constance is one of the most historic wines from South Africa if not the world. Dessert wines were first made on the Constantia Estate in the late 1660s and were celebrated in the literature of Austen, Dickens and Baudelaire. Produced in the oldest wine-making area in the Western Cape from hand harvested, shrivelled grapes. Fresh, floral muscat aromas with a hint of spice,and a rich, opulent palate of stone-fruits, nuts, vanilla, wood spices and honey. Well balanced by crisp acidity with a long, succulent finish. Drinking amazingly now if you cant wait, but would reward cellaring. I For my part i have purchased two and at £35 can you blame me?
Premium SpiritsDate published: 03/03/14
Some of our premium spirits in stock at the moment include:
Remy Martin £145 per bottle
Hennesey XO £140 per bottle
Martell Cordon Bleu £95 per bottle
Glemorangie 25yr old £250 per bottle
Glenmorangie Signet £150 per bottle
Chivas Royal Salute £105 per bottle
We do things a little differently here in Mayfair and this is just a few of the things we have including top Cognacs such as Richard Hennessey or Remy Martin Louis XI pay us a visit and see what else we have!
Malbec Luigi BoscaDate published: 02/03/14
Bodega Luigi Bosca was started in 1901, when the original wave of Italian winemakers had settled in Argentina, and is now in its fourth generation of family ownership. We all love a small family run winery holding their own! Vistalba is an important sub-region of Lujan de Cuyo, located at 990m above sea level. This wine is deeply fruity, with a dark and voluptuous feel, this is a fine example of Argentina's trademark style. Tightly structured, it brings together subtle vanilla hints, firm tannins and well-judged acidity, this really is great wine! Enjoy it with the finer things in life such as pan seared venison or a stew for the colder nights.
This top wine is just £10.65 on the current Malbec promotion that ends tomorrow!
Portillo Malbec Date published: 02/03/14
Bodegas Salentein the winery responsible for Portillo has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Mendoza Argentina, with 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec is grown at around 1050m. This multi-award-winning wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy and it is plain to see why, an intense red-purple colour, with an equally intense nose of plum and bramble. Round and fulsome on the palate, delivering a swathe of ripe, fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins. This wine would be great with lightly spiced meats!
Currently £6.66 on the Malbec promotion which ends tomorrow!
Focus on MalbecDate published: 02/03/14
Malbec is a grape originating from France where it used to be used in Bordeaux blends to add weight and depth, it has now found a home in many areas of the new world; particularly Argentina. The Mendoza region has become renowned for its extraordinary Malbecs. With often a blend of grapes grown at different altitudes they can produce fantastically complex wines, wit the cooler night temperatures and exposure to large amounts of heat and sun during the day this variation gives the wine real depth full of dark brooding fruits. The "up and coming" area for Malbec at the moment is the mountainous central areas of Chile where the cool currents from the sea coupled with the altitude proving a great place to grow Malbec.
Wine of the Week - Paulett's Riesling 2011Date published: 17/02/14
This week we have Paulett's Riesling as our Wine of the Week - currently on offer at £10.99 per bottle when you buy 2 or more bottles.
About 1 ½ hours drive north from Adelaide is the beautiful Polish Hill River sub-region of the Clare Valley , home to Neil and Alison Paulett and their winery. The Polish Hill River region was named after the Polish Settlers of the mid 1800's. The area is blessed with a climate ideal for premium grape growing and the combination of consistently good winter rains, hot summers tempered by cool nights and a long ripening period produces grapes of exceptional flavours and balance.
Neil Paulett graduated from the Roseworthy Oenology course in 1971 and began working as a winemaker for Penfolds Wines in Sydney and then Rosemount in the Hunter Valley . With 10 years wine making experience behind him, Neil and wife Alison began their search for the place to establish their own family vineyard. After discovering the Clare Valley in 1981, they set about protracted negotiations to purchase what is now their property. The property had remained in the same family's hands from the 1860's until its purchase in 1983 and has a long history of vineyard production with vines being present for well over 100 years.
The property has expanded from the initial 47 hectares to 147 hectares and the on-going vineyard development now sees 25 hectares under vine. There is a substantial portion of Shiraz and Cabernet vines over 70 years of age and Riesling of 35 years and this their treasured resource makes up the back bone of the super premium red and white, the Andreas Shiraz and Antonina Riesling (Shiraz not produced every year, & Riesling yet to be produced) after these original settler family members. This connection with the past is felt very strongly and Neil and Alison understand and embrace the challenge of being custodians of the land for future generations. Son Matthew is now the Vineyard Manager and his ability to nurture both old vines and new is paying dividends. The exceptional quality of fruit produced is raising the standard of the wines even further.
In 2004 Pauletts celebrated the 21st Anniversary of operating their cellar door and receiving a producer's licence. The cellar door has become one of the 'must see' places in the Clare Valley, often described as having the most spectacular view from any cellar door in the country. "Twenty years ago, visiting a cellar door was not as common as now and we felt we had to offer that extra inducement to bring people to the Valley. Now it's just considered all part of the package, a welcoming cellar door, the premium wines and the spectacular views all enhance the sense of well-being that wine lovers have come to expect from Paulett's Winery" said Neil.
The range of wines produced has grown over the years in much the same way as Neil and Alison's interest in different varieties and wine styles. In addition to the staples of Shiraz and Riesling there is, a Late Harvest Riesling, Trillians Sparkling Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Cabernet & Malbec blend and a Cabernet Merlot. The constant refinement and attention to detail has led to the very high quality across this significant body of work.
Since the first vintage in 1983 there have been many accolades received from within Australia and internationally including the great 1995 vintage winning both the Top Riesling at the Hyatt/Advertiser awards and Best Riesling in the Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide. The 2003 was included in Phillip White's Top 100 Australian Wines scoring 93 points. When asked about these accolades Neil said "This kind of recognition against all-comers is particularly rewarding however there is just as much of a thrill walking into a restaurant seeing people enjoying a bottle of our wine".
Pauletts reputation for producing wines of finesse, elegance and intensity is justly earned and their skill and care can be seen consistently from vintage to vintage. Neil has a craftsman's sensibilities coupled with over 30 years experience making wine - and it all shows. The current release wines have a touch more roundness and generosity than previously and it's these subtle on-going improvements that have kept Pauletts at the forefront of Australian wine.
The vineyards are at altitudes of 480-510 metres above sea level with an easterly aspect. Soils tend from shallow red & grey loams over a slatey /blue stone sub strata and occasionally well-structured red clay. Drainage is good to moderate. We have five separate vineyards with ripening and harvest generally occurring mid March through to mid April.
The first run of juice is cold settled and quite clear juice is fermented at an even rate over a 15-20 day period to ensure flavour retention.
The wine generally shows quite citrus and lime flavours with a wonderful spine of mineral like acid adding great balance, length and finish. Typically the wines have a wonderful potential to age, normally well over ten years and in doing so show lovely secondary aged characters of toast and honey.Come in and try the wine - we have it in our Enomatic Machine for you to try now!
Wine of the Week - Catena Alta Chardonnay 2011, MendozaDate published: 11/02/14
This week, we have chosen a fantastic barrel fermented chardonnay form world-renown Argentine producers, Catena as our Wine of the Week. Please come in and try it for yourself - it's on our Tasting Counter this week.
CATENA ALTA CHARDONNAY 2011, MENDOZA
£18 – Buy 2 save £10 on selected Fine Wines
Catena Alta is an assemblage of historic rows within the Catena family Estate vineyards. The blend of these historic rows, like the marriage of sounds that create a symphony, yields a highly aromatic and elegant wine that speaks for the earth and the vines that have been tended by the Catenas for four generations. The Catena Alta wines can usually be drunk starting at three years after harvest and into the following one to two decades.
At almost 5,000 feet elevation in the Andean foothills, the Adrianna vineyard's calcareous soils and cool climate are the promised land of Chardonnay. The fruit from the Adrianna vineyard has a purity of flavors and a minerality that is particular to this vineyard and can not be found anywhere else in Mendoza. The nearby, gravel-covered Domingo Vineyard makes up 20% of the blend and has spent 14 months in French oak barrels.
Bursting with fruit and minerality. Tropical mango and pineapple alongside ripe pear and fig flavours. Notes of sweet spice enhances the rich palate and finishes with great freshness and a long length.
Whole clusters are pressed, and then 100% fermented in 225-500 L French oak barrels with natural yeasts at low temperatures. Wild yeasts. Aged for 12-16 months in French oak. 30% does not undergo malolactic fermentation. First, second and third use barrels used.
Wine of the Week - Cloudy Bay Te Koko 2011 Date published: 04/02/14
On the Tasting Counter as our first 'Wine of the Week' for February, comes the Te Koko from Cloudy Bay.
The 2011 Te Koko offers aromas of lemon citrus, bees wax and passion fruit flower. The plate is generous with layers of green mango, white pepper and flint; it’s richly textured but shaped by fresh acidity. Subtle tropical fruit and taught minerality linger on the plush finish. Te Koko is incredibly food friendly, complementing a range of cuisine. We particularly enjoy it with savoury dishes highlighted by fresh herbs or aromatic spice.
The grapes for the 2011 Te Koko were sourced from six Sauvignon Blanc vineyards located within the Rapaura, Brancott and Renwick sub-regions. The soils are predominantly free draining gravels requiring irrigation during the growing season. Batches of fruit from selected vineyards were picked according to their flavour profile, and the harvest of Sauvignon Blanc destined for the Te Koko took just over a week, commencing on the 5th of April from the stonier, warmer blocks around the winery.
A warm spring emerged from an unusually wet winter, providing the perfect conditions for rapid spring growth. Warm conditions continued and flowering occurred a week earlier than average in late November. Rainfall in November and December allowed for a high level of fruit set and strong bunch growth through January. These ideal conditions lead to heavy crops and therefore vineyards were ruthlessly thinned in late January to maximise fruit quality and advance ripening.
This is a truly remarkable wine, quite uncharacteristic of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but a wine that we believe is magnificent. Feel free to come into our store and try some.
Majestic Price: £32.50*
*Buy 2 save £10 - single bottle £37.50.
Wine of the Week - Masi Costasera Amarone 2007Date published: 29/01/14
This week we have chosen something to warm us up, as the weather Gods have seemingly headed south for the winter!
The 2007 Masi Costasera Amarone has got to be one of my favourite wines - full bodied, rich, well balanced and perfect with all my favourite foods!
Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara
Masi has been run by the Boscaini family for the past six generations, and their wines are rooted in tradition, representing the classic Venetian styles. This Amarone is made by drying the grapes on bamboo racks throughout winter, after which the dried berries undergo a very long fermentation period of around 80 days in total, in a mixture of steel vats and Slavonian oak barrels. Immensely full-bodied and complex, with intense and mature dry fruit aromas. Drink with game, mature cheese, or as a digestif.
The 2007 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera emerges from the glass with intricate layers of sweet, perfumed fruit. Flowers, berries and spices develop over time as this nuanced, textured Amarone takes shape. High-toned floral notes add brightness on the finish. The 2007 is one of the best Costaseras I remember tasting. The wine can be enjoyed today for its exuberant, generous fruit or cellared for at least a handful of years.
Majestic Price: £30 per bottle
Château HosannaDate published: 16/01/14
This great wine comes from the right of the Gironde in Pomerol. Located to the south of Lafleur and just to the west of Petrus this wine reflects the fantastic terrior of this unique district.
Starting life as Chateau Cetain de May it was redistributed after the French revolution and acquired by the Giraud family; becoming Certan-Giraud and considered one the great crus of the region however more recently it had been under performing and was quickly losing that title.
In 1999 it was acquired by Christian Moueix famed for his work with Petrus and then his Californian estate Dominus. At the request of the Giraud family the name was changed and Moueix named it Hosanna for its feminine qualitys. Moueix rigorously set about change. About half the vineyard was sold, with the Moueix retaining around 4.5 hectares, and investment in the vineyard then began in earnest. A vast network of ditches was excavated, draining into two wells, from which the water would be pumped away. A tiny parcel of exclusively Merlot vines was also kept apart to become today's Certan-Marzelle, in an elegant tribute to the original name of the entire estate. A new era had dawned.
Under his leadership this wine has regained its former glory and is the great wine we know and love today!
Harper's Q & A with Steve Lewis - Review of 2013Date published: 09/01/14
In a recent interview with Harpers.co.uk, Majestic Wine’s chief executive Steve Lewis is “more optimistic” about 2014 than the year before, but doesn’t expect things to be easy. He tells harpers.co.uk what how Majestic differs from its competitors.
With 2.8% growth in like-for-likes and 5.9% overall for the 12 weeks to January 6, 2014, Lewis is “very happy” with the results. How did Christmas trading shape up?
“We had a good November, partly through self-help as every store [it has 203] had a customer tasting and invited along 70 customers and offered food from an Italian delicatessen. This is something supermarkets can’t replicate. We had a slow start to December, as Christmas fell on a Wednesday, but we came up with creditable results.”
The group’s most recent results – to the end of September 2013, show an average bottle price of £7.71 versus £5.22 in the market as a whole, and an average transaction spend of £127. What helps with hitting these sorts of prices?
“South Africa is performing very well – it’s up 28% and that’s mostly driven by new products. It’s got some excellent Sauvignon Blancs at £6 to £7 a bottle. Argentina is also up 27% - the majority of our customers have really fallen in love with Malbec. Sparkling wine is also up 15% - mostly from Prosecco and New Zealand sparkling but English sparkling has grown too.”
How does your sales mix differ from the rest of the market?
“New Zealand still wine is 18% of our sales, compared to 5.7% for rest of the trade. The other striking difference is France, which makes up 35% of our sales compared to only 14% in the rest of the market. We’re quite different from the market as a whole.”
How do you think 2014 will pan out?
“With regard to our trading, once we passed the anniversary of the Jubilee and Easter, we’ve been trading at this sort of level [as per Christmas] pretty consistently. The consumer is in a slightly better place than last year, but they’re still constrained. I’m more optimistic about the year ahead but I don’t expect it to be easy.
“Our fine wine, at £20 and over, has shown very significant growth. We’ve changed to focus on wines at £20 to £30 range versus £30 to £40. It now includes easily identifiable wines such as Brunello, Amarone and Meursault. Our largest selling fine white wine is Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc and in red it’s Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva at £23.50.”
“In September and October our graduates join, and they all get to taste these fine wines, which gives them the confidence to sell them. Not every retailer can do that. That’s what makes us a major player in fine wine.”
What’s the plan for store openings in 2014?
“We will open four more by the end of the financial year, including one in Kettering and one in Leighton Buzzard, and we’re on track to open 16 this year, the same as last year.”
How’s the online side of the business performing?
“The key part of our online business is that it’s fulfilled through the stores. In June we launched a new platform and since then Click and Collect has been greatly enhanced. There was a very significant surge before Christmas when we couldn’t guarantee delivery before Christmas day.”For the link to the interview, click on the following link.
Wine of the Week - Chateau Plince 2010, PomerolDate published: 09/01/14
This week's Wine of the Week, as chosen by our team is the 2010 Chateau Plince, Pomerol. On offer at £35 per bottle.
Pomerol is, relatively speaking the new star in Bordeaux. Despite vines being planted there in Roman times, it was only considered useful for 'good common wine'. Even 50 years ago, it was not considered in the top flight of wine-producing regions.
Pomerol is a curious part of the world, and hard to find your bearings as there is no real village centre, and no large properties. The little chateaux are scattered around the only landmark, the church spire. Despite this, some of the greatest names in Bordeaux are found on the large, mainly flat, gravelly bank that neighbours St. Emilion. Names such as Petrus, Chateau Trotanoy, Vieux-Chateau-Certan to name three spring to mind.
The wines from Pomerol have made made a name for themselves by being the gentlest, richest and more instantly appealing clarets. They have deep colour without the acidity and tannin of the left-bank producers. The vast majority of vines planted in Pomerol are Merlot, rather than the tough-skinned Cabernet Sauvignon, which makes the wines more approachable to the consumer at a younger age.
The Chateau Plince 2010 is quintessential Pomerol. Rich, plummy and creamy notes on the nose, with flavours of cinnamon and spices tempt the consumer into a second, and even a third glass. Slightly higher acidity levels than a number of Pomerols would suggest that this wine will last a good decade to come, should you have the patience to wait!
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Sonoma Valley Review 2009-2012Date published: 09/01/14
Having recently been trying to get my head round the delights of Californian wines, I came across this recent article by the 'Oracle' that is Robert Parker on Sonoma Valley wines from 2009-2013. Enjoy...
2009 - 2012 Sonoma Valley - Winefare for the Common Folk
Sonoma Valley is essentially the antithesis of Napa Valley - far more laid back, the home to winemaker/farmers as opposed to billionaires (although there are plenty of millionaires in Sonoma), an assortment of wonderfully casual restaurants focusing on the local wines and agricultural produce, and a diversity and geographic maze that is infinitely more complex and nebulous than Napa's exceptionally well-defined valley and AVAs. While Napa Valley is one of the world's epicenters for world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, that varietal plays a far less significant role in Sonoma. Whether it is the Sonoma Coast, Russian River or further north in Dry Creek and Alexander Valley, you will find Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Syrah and many ancient head-pruned vineyards planted in what is generically referred to as "Mixed Blacks." Not that there isn't some mighty fine Cabernet Sauvignon in Sonoma Valley, but most of it emanates from the Sonoma side of the Mayacamas Mountains or in the northern areas of Chalk Hill, Alexander Valley, as well as Knights Valley. As the following tasting notes reveal, and it's the most comprehensive report The Wine Advocate has ever published on Sonoma Valley, there is a remarkable diversity of wines in this beautiful viticultural region made up with endless expositions, micro-climates, etc.
As far as vintages go, readers should refer to Issue 209 for a recap of the most recent vintages in Napa Valley. Of utmost significance is that 2012 is the best vintage since 2007, and everyone in both Napa and Sonoma is raving about 2013. One salient point needs to be made about the 2011 vintage. Because Chardonnay and Pinot Noir tend to ripen much earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon, some of the enormous challenges the October rains brought to vineyards on the Napa Valley floor, did not affect Sonoma Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that was largely harvested before any damaging rains. It was a cold year in Sonoma, just as it was in Napa, and attaining full phenolic ripeness was something that had to be caressed and assisted by radical viticultural work, something the top producers in Sonoma are as capable of doing as their brethren in Napa Valley.
In short, 2012 looks consistent across all varietals, 2011 is very good to excellent for Chardonnay, above average for Pinot Noir, generally poor for Zinfandel (although there are many exceptions to that rule), and not so bad for Cabernet Sauvignon. 2010 may not be as strong overall in Sonoma as it was in Napa Valley, but it is certainly a very good vintage. Again, Zinfandel had some issues as did some Pinot Noir sites. 2009 has turned out well, but the star is 2012. Even if only 75% of the winemakers I talked with are correct, 2013 will eclipse 2012, and that is an appetizing thought.
Sonoma is a fertile source for endless values and realistically priced wines as the Cabernet Sauvignon prices have not yet matched the Shangri-La like prices of Napa Valley. About the tastings: All of my Sonoma tastings were conducted between October 21 and November 2, 2013.
Remy CEO Leaves after 3 months in chargeDate published: 05/01/14
The DrinksBusiness has reported that Rémy Cointreau has announced the resignation of CEO Frédéric Pflanz just three months after he stepped into the role.
The decision, which was made “for personal reasons”, will see Pflanz remain with the group as development director, allowing him to retain responsibility for “specific assignments that he has already initiated.”
Until a replacement is found the role of CEO will be taken on by Rémy Cointreau chairman François Hériard Dubrueil, who will be supported by the executive committee.
Prior to taking on the post of CEO, Pflanz had spent more than three years with the group as CFO, adding the role of COO to his responsibilities at the end of 2012.
This stumbling block for the group, whose brand portfolio includes Rémy Martin, Cointreau, Metaxa, Mount Gay and Bruichladdich, comes just over a month after it reported a 6.3% sales decline for the first half of 2013. The same period saw net profits fall by 20%, which the group attributed to a Chinese slowdown in sales of luxury goods.
Wine of the Week - The Chocolate Block 2012Date published: 30/12/13
£22 per bottle (Buy 2 save £10 offer)
Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Grenache, Cinsault, Viognier
An exciting blend of 5 grape varieties, from innovative winemaker Marc Kent. Dominated by around 67% Syrah, the grapes come from several specially selected blocks of vines on Boukenhoutskoloof's estate, fermented and aged for up to 18 months in old French oak.
An earthy, rustic nose gives up aromas of leather, earth and spices over a backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. Harmonious and powerful on the palate, with a cocoa and pepper complexity.
Most at home with spice-rubbed steaks, roast rib of beef, or game dishes.
Burgundy & Tuscany on the RiseDate published: 29/12/13
While the value of the fine wine market has declined for a third consecutive year, 2013 has been a good year for Champagne, DRC, Super Tuscans and Right Bank Bordeaux.
By the end of November, the Liv-ex 100 had fallen 2.5% to its lowest point in 2013, down 0.9% on a year ago, with the 2008, 2009 and 2010 vintages accounting for 52% of all Bordeaux traded in November.
But while First Growth prices continued to fall, more affordable Bordeaux from 2009 and 2010 saw positive movement, with 99-point Montrose 2010 and 100-point Ducru Beaucaillou 2009 among November’s highest risers in the Liv-ex 100.
The Right Bank also had a good year, with the Liv-ex Right Bank 50 and Right Bank 100 showing gains of 3.6% and 7.6% respectively this year with Pavie and Angélus showing solid price rises since their promotion to Grand Cru Classé A status last September.
Bordeaux continues to dominate the Liv-ex 100, though its value share has decreased in the last three years, down from 95.2% in 2010 to 82.6% today.
This shift illustrates how the marketplace is expanding beyond Bordeaux to other Old World regions, such as Burgundy, Tuscany and the Rhône as collectors broaden their fine wine horizons and lessen their reliance on Bordeaux.
Burgundy has expanded its market share from 1.2% in 2010 to 6.8% today, while Italy has grown its value share from 0.9% in 2010 to 3.3% today.
Liv-ex reports that its Super Tuscan index has risen by 18.6% this year, with Masseto and Sassicia proving star players, while the DRC index is up by 6.9%.
It has also been a sparkling year for Champagne, with the Liv-ex Champagne Index surging up by 10.7% this year, buoyed by a stellar performance from Louis Roederer’s prestige cuvée, Cristal 2004, which climbed 16.7%.
Given that yields in Bordeaux are at a 20-year low this year, expectations for the Bordeaux 2013 campaign are equally low, meaning it is unlikely that the campaign will provide the Liv-ex 100 with an upswing in the first quarter of 2014.
Wine of the Week - Beringer Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2010Date published: 28/11/13
With a number of Thanksgiving parties taking place this week, we have joined in the fun and chosen a great Napa Cabernet as our Wine of the Week.
In a nod to the winemakers of Bordeaux, Beringer have produced a Bordeaux blend that is quite beautiful.
This wine is a real treat - not just for American's - and will go very well with Turkey, or a good old fashioned Roast Beef.
At £24 a bottle*, this wine represents fantastic value for money, compared to the Bordeaux equivalents and will be a welcome addition to many cellars.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Chocolate, mocha, plums and spices come to life in this fleshy, mid-weight wine. People who appreciate a more mineral-inflected style of Cabernet will prefer the Knights Valley bottling, while those who appreciate radiant, fruit-forward Cabernets are likely to prefer the Napa Valley. Both are beautiful.
The blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% each Petit Verdot and Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020". 92 points. Antoni Galloni, The Wine Advocate.*£24 per bottle when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of our Buy 2 save £10 on Fine Wines offer.
Dont miss out on the dealsDate published: 27/10/13
Just a last heads up folks
Tomorrow is the last day of the current deals so if you love Spanish and South African wines then it's time to stock up as when you buy 2 bottles you save 20%.
Other big money saving deals are on champagne.
With Bollinger going down from £45 to £30 when you buy 6 bottles.
Also make your money go further with 1/3 off Oeil De Perdrix Rose NV, Canard-Duchene NV, Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV and Tattinger when you buy 2 or more selected Champagnes.
But just remember all these offers end at 7 tomorrow so make it count!
What did the Romans ever do for us? Date published: 25/10/13
What did the Romans every do for use?
Apart from the irrigation, civil planning, aqueducts, roads and concrete.
Well it also turns out they were the first people to realize the vine growing potential of the Bordeaux region, and from great vines you can make great wines
A quick guide for the beginner out there are Medoc, Haut-Medoc and within those regions are the sub regions of: St- Estephe, Pauillac, St-Julian and Marguax. These regions hold many a famous name such as Château Mouton Rothschild. Chateau Lafite or Latour.
From the right bank the areas of most note are Saint Emillion and Pomerol. With Pomerol boasting arguebly the most famous and expensive claret there is, Petrus.
Zinfandel Date published: 15/10/13
Often thought of as America's signature variety, it was brought over by the Austrian government from a Nursery in Vienna in 1797. It is however the exact same variety as Crljenak Kaštelanski in Croatia where it is thought that the Austrians got it from it in the first place. It is also the exact same grape as Primitivo predominantly made in Puglia the heel of Italy. It was first documents in Italy in the 1800's where it probably came over from Croatia; it's long standing home! So there we go often thought of as America's contribution it actually appears that it was originally Croation!
Producer Focus - QupeDate published: 13/10/13
Bob Lindquist turned a one time hobby into a full-time job when he established Qupe Vineyards at Santa Maria in Santa Barbara Country armed with a bank loan and enthusiasm. Qupe now produces 20,000 cases a year. All the Qupe grapes are sent to the same winery as those of Au Bon Climat. He is a specialist in Syrah and southern Rhone belnds. He produces 3 different bottling of Syrah - Central Coast, Los Olivos (blended with 40% Mourvedre) and Bien Nacido. His standard Syrah is currently included in the buy 2 save £10 fine wine deal at £18 whilst we have two bottles left of his Bien Nacido at £19.99 per bottle!
Fine Wine of the Week - Chateau Musar 2005, LebanonDate published: 12/10/13
This iconic wine is made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, and Carignan grapes.
Lebanese wine might seem obscure, but viticultural roots in Lebanon go back over 6000 years. Château Musar is a uniquely different wine from in the Bekaa Valley, produced by master winemaker Serge Hochar. Concentrated plum and blackberry fruit, hints of fig, prune, distinct liquorice and spice are the hallmark flavours of Musar.
It has firm but fine tannins, good acidity and body, is vibrant and fresh with streaks of cedar and cinnamon. Musar is also known for its long finish .Château Musar will last for decades and can be enjoyed with everything from French-style roast lamb, to North-African cuisine.
AVAILABLE TO TRY ONT HE TASTING COUNTER - contact staff for more details.
Masi CampolongoDate published: 09/10/13
The Campolongo is made by renowned Amarone producer Masi. This Venetian winery is a true family business run by the Boscani Family. Sandro Boscaini is company President and Managing Director, his daughter Alessandra is in charge of sales and administration, his son Raffaele Marketing Manager and his brother Bruno is Production and Plant Manager. The Campolongo di Torbe vineyard can trace its routes back to the 7th Century. It is south-west facing with old dry stone walls (marogne) shoring up the terraces.The Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes produced here are dried on bamboo racks (arele) in technologically well-equipped drying lofts near the vineyard. This really is one of the ultimate expressions of Amarone. In stock and £80 per bottle.
Producer Focus - Isole e OlenaDate published: 07/10/13
Isola et Olena is a superb Tuscan estate run by Paolo de Marchi, and is another property that has seen a dramatic rise in quality over the last few decades. Paolo's family, originally from Piedmont, purchased the estate in the 1960s. His attention to detail in both the vineyard and the winery was the driving force that turned quality around. Their Flagship wine Cepparello is one of the best expressions of what pure Sangiovese can be. Often described as the Haut-Brion of Tuscany this really is a special wine. Currently in stock at £50 per bottle.
Ten Minutes by Tractor Date published: 05/10/13
Ten Minutes By Tractor
This Mornington Peninsular (South west Australia) producer has one many awards for its wine and its acclaimed cool climate chardonnay is considered superior to many Burgundy producers. This producer is testament to the fact that the Aussies can produce more complex fresher styles of chardonnay than the heavy use of oak that tarred their name. In stock now their estate Chardonnay at £30 or the Single Vineyard ''Wallis'' Chardonnay at a mere £40!
Does vintage matter?Date published: 20/09/13
The short answer to this question is yes! Vintage can affect the wine produced in a number of ways:
Most obviously, the climatic conditions during the course of the year will have a huge affect on the quality of the grapes picked at harvest time. Hot growing seasons with long sunshine hours will help the grapes to ripen and increase their sugar levels which will in turn lead to higher alcohol wines after fermentation. Adversely cold, wet years can produce grapes that don't fully ripen and will have a higher acidity content. This can be tasted in the final wine.
Vintage champagne commonly displays the traits of that particular year, normally a more unique style than the typical house label which will be blended from wine from various years in order to produce a consistent style.
So called "stellar vintages" of sought after wines, such as those from Bordeaux and Burgundy, can lead to a flurry of demand which can ultimately drive up prices.
So, now you now, vinatage does matter!
Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2004 - It's a no-brainer!Date published: 19/09/13
The last few bottles of Veuve 2004 are on an incredible offer for a short time only: 1 bottle £60, buy 2 save 50% (equivalent to £30 each). No doubt about it, this sort of mature, developed champagne at this price, is VERY rare. Snap up the bargain of the year while you can (while stocks last!)
PinotageDate published: 18/09/13
Some people in the world of wine seem to have a hang up about Pinotage ( originally a crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsault that the South Africans made.) Its a marmite grape, you either love it or hate it! Well I love it. Listening to South Africans wine makers share their passion for it and tasting some of their best offerings you can't help but be drawn in. A full bodied wine with real structure framing a wealth of dark fruits; blackberry and blackcurrant falling over dark cherry with just a hint of chocolate on the finish is what you expect from a good Pinotage. It has huge ageing potential and most producers like to age even the entry level offerings to smooth and mellow it all out.
As you can tell i'm sold and with South Africa on 25% off (when you buy any 2 South African wines) it is the perfect opportunity to try some and see if you are too!
AU BON CLIMAT 'BIEN NACIDO' CHARDONNAY, SANTA MARIA VALLEYDate published: 12/09/13
This is an extremely elegant and sophisticated Chardonnay from one of the best vineyard sites in California's Central Coast region.It boasts a sensational nose full of ripe apples, toast, lemon curd and a restrained touch of oak.On the palate this is a wonderfully textured, fresh and long wine.
It would work perfectly with chargrilled chicken and roasted vegetables for a Sunday lunch time treat.
Chardonnay Week!Date published: 06/09/13
Just a quick reminder to let you know our the tasting week kicks off today, with the tutorials tomorrow afternoon at 12 and 3pm! Come in for a chance to try some New World + Old World, oaked and Unoaked from our range!
Hamilton Russell Chardonnay Date published: 03/09/13This South African estate's extreme southerly location and proximity to the sea makes it a superb place for creating wines with Old-World restraint and finesse. Of the estate's 170ha, only the best 52ha of stony, clay-rich soil have been selected for all vineyard plantings.
A tightly structured mineral tinged wine, with pear like fruit focused by dryness with intensive acidity that carries the length. This is barrel fermented and then aged on its lees for 9 months adding rich complecity to this stunning wine!
Moet Hennessey products back in stock!Date published: 28/08/13
This morning we received a delivery from the lovely people at Moet Hennessey, so your favourites (and ours) are now back:
Veuve Clicquot Brut N/V - still only £30!
Ruinart Blanc de Blancs - £50 on the champagne multi-buy deal!
Belvedere Vodka - premium vodka great value at £30!
Now you know it's here what are you waiting for? Place your orders now!
Château Grand Faurie La Rose 2007, St-Emilion Grand CruDate published: 28/08/13
I tried this for the first time at a friends house on Saturday night - very impressed. For those who like their Bordeaux's on the softer side, this predominantly merlot blend has fresh black fruits with hints spice and cedar and has a lovely smooth finish. An elegant wine with soft well integrated tannins. Good value at £15.99 when you buy at least two bottles.
Nebs flying visit Date published: 27/08/13Following our recent article on bottle sizes, the Veuve Clicquot Nebuchadnezzar (the 20 bottle bottle of Champagne) came into store for a brief visit before goint to its new home. Here's a pic of it next to it's smaller family members, all the way down to a half bottle. (Sadly it was all nicely wrapped up in it's nice wooden box, but you can get an idea of the size!).
Does size matter?Date published: 16/08/13
Today we sold a Nebuchadnezzar, in other words a very large bottle of Champagne that actually contains 20 standard bottles,15 litres, approx. 160 glasses, average weight 83 pounds! Pretty exciting and I was curious to learn how big these bottles could get.
As well as the the traditional and often legally required 750ml bottle, the larger format bottles are:
Magnum: 2 bottles
Jeroboam: 4 bottles
Rehoboam: 6 bottles
Methuselah: 8 bottles
Salmanazar: 12 bottles
Balthazar: 16 bottles
Nebuchadnezzer: 20 bottles
There are then some even larger but very rare size bottles, sometimes made for special occasions:
Solomon: 24 bottles
Primat: 36 bottles
Melchizedek: 40 bottles
Some fittingly impressive names in that list, a lot of which originate from biblically inspired figures, no one seems to be exactly sure why.
Big bottles certainly cause a real wow factor and are great for the publicity of such a premium luxury product, but are they style over substance? To create the bubbles in Champagne, the wine has to go through a second fermentation process in the bottle and once this is completed the bottles must be gradually rotated so all the Lees (or dead yeast) can be gathered in the neck of the bottle before being removed. This process becomes very difficult in any bottle bigger than a magnum, so most Champagne houses can't do it. Instead the champagne must be transferred from the magnum into larger bottles which can result in a loss of pressure. Some believe that this may result in more oxidation, meaning that the the Champagne from the larger bottles is inferior to those in smaller bottles.
One day I'll hopefully get the chance to taste and compare a small bottle versus one of the giants and I'll get back to you on that point. In the meantime I'll just enjoy the excitement of selling the odd large bottle when I get the chance.
Chateau Haut-Batailley 2008 Pauillac 5th growth Cru Classé Date published: 15/08/13
Fantastic value classed Bordeaux from the prestigious Pauillac appellation. This is the sister wine of Chateau Batailley and really is a stylish slightly softer alternative!!
Classic left bank blend based on Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Blackberry and blackcurrant fruits are enhanced by those wonderful flavors of truffle, cigar and pepper that only come with age!
Ready to enjoy now with a hearty Sunday roast.
Zinfandel?Date published: 12/08/13
My red wine education continues and I tried a red Zinfandel for the first time at our tasting counter today. Now I did realise that Zinfandel (also known as Primitivo) grapes are widely grown in California and typically produce red wines, but I was more familiar with the blush style rose wine it produces which is abundantly popular but personally too sweet for my tastes.
Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel, 2012 red wine, which has just arrived at our Mayfair store and is currently on the tasting counter, is juicy with dark cherry and strawberries, has a hint of pepper and chocolate and has an enjoyable warm and smooth finish. At £14.99 when you buy two bottles or more it's a really good buy. Pop in and try it.
Château Pigoudet La Chapelle Blanc 2012, Aix en ProvenceDate published: 12/08/13
At this time of year rosé wine is incredibly popular and rose from Provence is something people are very familiar with. At the weekend I was umming and ahhing as to what I should take to a BBQ. I love rosé and but I wanted something a litte different but still light and refreshing. I came across La Chapelle Blanc, 2012 from Chateau Pigoudet, a white wine from an estate in a picturesque valley that benefits from sunshine all year round.
This wine really appealed to me - it was described as 50% Vermentino, a grape typically used to produce light aromatic wines and 50% Sauvignon Blanc. Surely a wine combing these grapes varieties and from Provence, well known for it's light, delicate red fruit rosés would be something I'd enjoy? I wasn't disappointed it was very refreshing with the citrus flavour from the Sauvignon which blended perfectly with the soft aromatic finish of the Vermentino. Lovely as an apéritif or to enjoy at a party with or without nibbles or with poultry or salads. And at £8.99 if you buy two bottles it's good value too. Writing this makes me want to try it all over again.
We're open despite the scaffolding!Date published: 12/08/13
From Monday August 12th major building works will be taking place above the store. This means there will be scaffolding erected aorund the exterior of the shop front. But don't worry, we are OPEN AS USUAL for business and entry to the store is unimpeded. So, please, take no notice and continue your normal Majestic shopping habits. See you inside!
New Fine Wines to Feast on!Date published: 09/08/13
Bringing to you the most exciting new fine wines we have in stock:
Pouilly-Fume Cuvee Silex 2011, D. Dagueneau £75
Sauvignon Blanc really doesn't come any better than this. Rigorous selection of fruit from low yielding vines is what sets this wine apart. Classic Loire Sauvignon aromas including cut grass and a precision mineral quality of superb intensity and finesse lead onto a truly marvellous finish that stays with you long after your glass is finished. A remarkable wine.
Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Napa, California £100
Deep, dark, and extravagantly concentrated. The 2009 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon displays everything that is good about Californian Cabernet. It's almost a crimson red colour in the glass with concentrated aromas of cassis, plum, cocoa, and dark berry fruits underpinned by a toasty oak backbone on the palate.
If there is anything you like just let us know, we'll see if it's something we can possibly get for you.
Interested in a FREE food + wine eveningDate published: 07/08/13
Here at majestic Mayfair we not only sell wine but we also teach wine! We offer a free course, taken by members of our WSET qualified team, introducing you to the world of wine where you learn the following:
The Anatomy of a Grape
Classic Varieties & Regions
How Champagne is made
Food and Wine Matching
The Wine Course is ideal for groups of 5-6, normally beginning at 6pm and lasting 1.5 hours approximately. If you would like to book a date or find out more information please call us or send an email and we'll be happy to help!
Picks of the bunch - special offersDate published: 06/08/13
With a series of new offers for late summer, we thought we'd give you our choices of the very best current offers:
Veuve Clicquot NV Brut £37 £30 - Veuve really stands out among non-vintage Champagne not just because of it's bright orange label! It is aged for almost twice the minimum time required and balances subtlety with true power. A real celebration fizz.
Rioja Reserva, Vina Pomal 2008, Spain. £9.99 (multibuy) - Consistently one of the best producers in Rioja in our opinion, the 2008 is packed full of red and black berry flavours balanced by a classy velvety long finish. Heaven with rack of roast lamb.
Montagny 1er Cru "Les Millieres", Buxy. France £9.99 (multibuy) - A classic leaner style white Burgundy really showcasing the Chardonnay grape. Fresh and soft, we picked up beautiful peach and pear notes on the palate. Perfect on its own.
Peroni Nastro Azzuro 24*330ml bottles £28.80 £24 - Packed with real flavour, Peroni is good because it avoids the blandness of some of its comtemporaries whilst retaining lightness and freshness.
Jim Barry 'The McRae Wood' Shiraz 2009, Clare ValleyDate published: 05/08/13I'm still finding my feet with red wines and even though I'm struggling to fully appreciate the joys of Bordeaux, I have over the last couple of weeks become a convert to the rich, bold, fruity, voluptuous Aussie Shiraz's we have on offer. I think for someone fairly new to red wines, although they are pretty full on, they are still pretty accessible and very enjoyable.
This rich full bodied Aussie Shiraz from the picturesque Clare Valley screams black fruits, cherry, a touch of pepper and menthol and even cigar box and is immensely quaffable, ideal for a BBQ or some game or venison. It's on our tasting counter now so if you are quick pop in and give it a try!
Back of store revampDate published: 04/08/13
Last week Daniel and Toby undertook the task of rebuilding our Chile, South Africa, Rose, Argentina, and Spain sections at the back of the store. No small job I assure you! Merchandising is a bit like a big 3D jigsaw puzzle, moving around boxes and fitting them into space available whilst keeping everything uniform, stable, and easy to get to. The end result is a clearer, more organised display of the lines we stock, hopefully making it easier for you the customer to browse and find what you are looking for!
So next time you pop in, take a look round the back and see if you notice the difference, and let the boys know what you think!
Weekend road closuresDate published: 03/08/13
Due to this weekend's Prudential Ride London we may be unable to deliver to certain parts of our area. Check the TFL website to see if your area is affected. Please call us if you are unsure as we may still be able to get to to you.
Dream Chardonnay?Date published: 01/08/13
I managed to try the Dreams Chardonnay, 2009 by Jermann at our Notting Hill Branch yesterday. I'd been keen to try this for a while, it sells well at our Mayfair store and people speak very highly of it.
Chardonnay is the world's most famous white wine varieties and also one of the most widely planted. Arguably it's also probably one of the most controversial wines - a lot of people are convinced they don't like Chardonnay. Amongst my peer group I believe it harks back to a time when Chardonnays of a dubious amber colour were popular in pubs and supermarkets back in the 90's. These 'smack you over the head with an oak mallet' examples put me and a lot of people off for a long time. Old prejudices die hard it seems, but this was a long time ago and things have moved on to say the least. Chardonnays vary massively and the variety of styles available is impressive. The use of oak (bad or otherwise) is up to the winemaker and not down to the grape variety. From the world famous examples from Burgandy, which can have crisp, apple, minerality qualities with or without a suble touch of oak to the more pineapple and tropical examples from the new world, I think there's a Chardonnay for everyone. Failing that, remember it's one of the grapes used in Champagne! All in all well worth another try I'd say.
The Dreams Chardonnay, 2009 by Jermann is an Italian variety from Friuli, the North East corner of Italy. Silvio Jermann is a renouned winemaker from this area. The Dreams is delicious, it is aged in oak barrels but it is subtle, well balanced, has a lovely, almost floral intensity with some peach and honey. It's smooth, with a long finish but still very accessible. It's not cheap at £35 a bottle but I would certainly recommend it to Chardonnay lovers and encourage critics of Chardonnay to try it if possible, it may just change your mind.
Do angels really exist?Date published: 22/07/13
Purple ones from Chile do! At least currently on our tasting counter in Mayfair and today I was lucky enough to try the Purple Angel Carmenère 2010 by Montes from Chile. This was a tasting of firsts for me 1) I had never tried the Carmenère grape or Petit Verdot grape varieties (or even heard of them until very recently) and 2) I'm not sure I have ever tried a red wine of any variety over £10 from Chile.The Purple Angel is made up of 92% Carmenère grape and 8% Petit Verdot. Carmenere is a variety with a very interesting history; originally from Bordeaux it was thought to have been wiped out by Phylloxera (a nearly microscopic root insect that attacks vines) in 1880. However, it re-appeared in Chile over a hundred years later and is thriving particularly well in the Chilean climate.
Luckily for us, as the Purple Angel is a pleasure to drink. The deep silky purple colour and medium intense aroma hint at the dark berry flavours to come and it doesn't disappoint. It is rich in dark berry fruits, particularly blackcurrant and blackberry. It's aged for 18 months in oak which adds slight hints of tobacco and a little spice.
Perhaps spending over £25 on a Chilean red might not be the first thing to come to mind, but with its long finish and good balance between fruit and oak this is a smooth, well rounded wine this would be a pleasure to drink with BBQ meats or roast beef.
Producer Focus - Sassicaia Date published: 04/07/13Producer Focus - Sassicaia
First produced by Mario Incisa della Rocchetta in 1948 it was the first of the 'Super Tuscan' Bordeaux style reds and little did he know the fame this wine would acheive! The name came from the area first planted with it loosely translated to 'stony field.' Made in Bolgheri to the south of Livorno is Tuscany the grapes are taken from several vineyards in that area with the current vintage being around 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. Anual production is around 180,00 bottles.There was an original legend that the first cuttings of the wine had been taken from the Mouton Rothschild estate but this was dismissed when the family said the orignial cuttings had been taken from 50 year old vines near Pisa.
The wine shot to fame when a Panel of judges including Hugh Johnson, Serena Sutcliffe and Clive Coates in the 1978 Decanter tasting of "great clarets", awarded the 1972 Sassicaia victory over a field of 33 wines from 11 countries including various notable first growths.In 1994 Sassicaia was granted its own DOC (Sassicaia DOC), the only wine from a single estate in Italy to acheive this after starting out as Vino de tavola (the Italian classification equivalent of table wine) in the beginning thats pretty good going!
This wine will reward time in the cellar and older vintages develop notes of black cherry liquor with an earthy spice this wine is big and powerful but something of a sleeping giant give it a few years to wake up and you will have a wine memory that will last for a lifetime much like the bottle! A true wine great!
2007 Vintage currently – 190 per bottle
2010 Vintage currently – 130 per bottle
Dom Perignon 2004 - coming soon...Date published: 03/07/13
Last night after a long day at work I had the pleasure of taking part in a Dom Perignon tasting at Moet Hennessey HQ in Belgravia. This was to showcase the new release "Dom Perignon 2004" which will be coming onto the market and into our store later this summer.
The 2004 was tasted alongside the current 2003 release and then we were treated to the incredibly luxurious Dom Perignon 2000 Rose.
Dom Perignon 2004 is certainly a departure from the 2003 and 2002 vintages, and feels more like a return to classic Dom Perignon, which is all about balance and precision. Subtle almond aromas abound on the nose and there is a pure fruit core backed up and weighted nicely by a backbone of well judged acidity. On the palate it is reminiscent of very high quality still white Burgundy and the fine bubbles add an extra dimension. It is contrast to the 2003 which is rounder and broader on the palate.
Only produced in minute quantities, this blend is just over half Chardonnay grapes and the rest Pinot Noir. A shimmering amber and salmon colour in appearance, the bouquet is complex yet delicate. I could pick out notes of licquorice and cinnamon in amongst the heady perfume. This should continue to develop further over the next 5 years, it is a perfect example of harmony and balance.
So, all in all, a glorious range which demonstrates the pinnacle of excellence in champagne. Please get in touch if you would like to know more.
5 things you didn't know about Rose!Date published: 26/06/13
ROSE TASTING WEEK
We are gearing up for a week dedicated to wonderful Rose beginning this Friday the 28th running until Thursday next week. So, to whet the appetite we have scoured the wine world for interesting Rose wine facts.
Here are five of the best!
1. Some of the earliest red wines documented in history were similar in appearance to modern day rose.
2. The method of blending the must from red and white grapes to create rose wine is known as "Saignee" in France which literally means "Bleeding off"
3. The "Vin Gris" style of rose involves no maceration (time grape juice spends in contact with its skins to gain colour) and the resultant wine is not grey as the name would suggest but a very, very pale pink colour.
4. Most people don't know that many fine Roses are fermented dry or unsweetened and are far from being high in calories or having a syrupy taste. Nice to know for the waistline!
5. Surprisingly, according to www.provencewineusa.com, French Rose now outsells white wine in France!
It's a great time to learn more and try new styles of rose, so don't miss out on the array wie'll be tasting in-store!
Producer Focus - Château Talbot St-JulienDate published: 08/06/13
From the Saint-Julian appellation on the left bank in Bordeaux this 4th Growth wine is brimming with history and charm. Situated north of Graud-Larose in a remote sea of vines is Château Talbot. Named after John Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury who died in the battle of Castillon (1453) commanding an English expeditionary force this magnificent Norman Château is now owned by the Cordier family.
This left bank is big and sturdy but with a soft and elegant centre with good vintages being capable of ageing up to 20 years. With a lovely backbone of plums and blackcurrant's cigar box scents and tobacco are woven through the maturing fruit to make a really classy claret regularly making wines acclaimed higher than its 4th Growth status.
Te Mata Cape Crest SauvignonDate published: 06/06/13
This is a great New Zealand Sauvignon from Te Mata. The wine is fermented with small amounts of Semillon and Sauvignon Gris, resulting in a truly interesting texture.
Sitting between a typical New Zealand Sauvignon and classic white Bordeaux, this creamy white has toasty aromatics and a delicate backdrop of citrus.
This would go really well with seafood and poultry dishes or alternatively as an aperitif on a sunny evening.
If your still unconvinced it just so happens to be on the tasting counter so pop in and try it.
Producer Focus - Chateau Leoville Las Cases, St. JulienDate published: 05/06/13
Leoville Las Cases is widely appreciated as not only one of the finest estates in St. Julien, but the entire Medoc. Classified as a "Second Growth" in 1855 it has attained widespread acclaim for the consistency and sheer quality of its wines throughout the 1980's and 1990's.
Typically a Cabernet Sauvignon dominated blend, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot can also be found in its make-up.
Not a wine for drinking in its youth, Las Cases is famous for its dark, dense, tannic and concentrated wines made for extending cellaring. Typically one must wait 10-15 years before enjoying Las Cases in its maturity.
We currently stock the 1990, 1997, and 2005 vintages; each at differing stages of maturity. Try the 97' for a taste of Las Cases in its prime, the 90' for one the greatest vintages of the last 30 years, or the 2005 if you're looking for something to put away for a while.
Party service you say?Date published: 02/06/13
Yes, that's right, at Majestic Mayfair we are not just a boutique wine shop.
We can cater for various events and functions. From start to finish, we provide help and expertise at every stage:
Advice on choosing wines to suit the occasion and budget, including approximate quantities you will need.
A selection of soft drinks, ice and chilling containers.
Free glass hire (we just take a fully refundable deposit)
We also accept returns if you happen to have a few leftover bottles at the end.
So, what are you waiting for!? Get in touch and we'll get your party up and running!
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano ‘La Ciarliana’ now on the tasting counterDate published: 28/05/13
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano hails form vineyards in and around Montepulciano in Tuscany. Made exclusively from Sanqiovese and aged for at least two years, La Ciarliana has been made fro three generations by the Frandiosa family in the hills surrounding Montepulciano. A Juxtaposition of delicate violet, raspberry and spice aromas on the nose. The palate however exhibits powerful fruit yet fine tannic structure and fresh acidty, leading to a conclusion of savoury spice. This wine is perfect with roast meat, full flavoured pasta or cheese. Decanting the wine several hours prior to drinking is advised.
Henri Boillot's MeursaultDate published: 24/05/13
Meursault 2011, Henri Boillot
Fresh to our tasting counter is this delightful Meursault. The Boillot family has been making wines from Cote d'Or for generations and have established a strong range of vineyard holdings.
This particular Meursault is made using grapes from a combination of domaine and partner vineyards. It is a fresher style of Meursault than others around due to being fermented in large oak barrels. This Meursault spends at least eighteen months in barrel before bottling that gives it toasty and buttery flavours on the palate. It is generously textured and a very well made Meursault all round.
Perfect with rich chicken dishes, it is a wine that is not to be missed.
Iconic RoséDate published: 23/05/13
Château de Berne Provence Rosé
When you buy or more
The property this rosé comes from is supposedly one of the landmarks of Provence it is a luxurious hotel and spa resort located within the walls of an 18th century estate and cellars that are teeming with history.
Typical to the delicate Provence style of rosé this stunning example is full of honeysuckle intertwined with summer fruit berries and a hint of rose petals. Really crisp and wonderfully refreshing sit back and relax in the summer sun ….... if it ever comes!
Stunning SangioveseDate published: 19/05/13
Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Mazzei
(When you buy 2 Italian wines)
Fonterutoli is a tiny village in the south of Castellina where the Mazzei family have been making wine since 1435. The soils in the vienyards and so rocky and challenging that wines from Fonterutoli have earned the nickname 'vino del sassi' or 'wine from rocks.'
Despite the challenging growing conditions this wine is brilliant. A really elegant and well proportioned body of bitter red cherries and lighter sweet red fruit notes with an undertone of equally sweet spice. A perfect example of what Chianti has to offer with a wealth of complexity and a long lingering finish.
Perfect partner for the pork on your Sunday roast. Also equally perfect on its own after a hard day when you just need to sit back, relax and imagine you're in the Tuscan sun, looking out on the rolling hills, enjoying this amazing glass of wine there instead!
Sublime RoseDate published: 14/05/13
Domaine Ott Rose
Provence is famed for its delicate and elegant style of rose. Domaine Ott come from Bandol one of the most prestigious areas for Red and Rose arguably making the best quality wine in the whole of Provence.
Made at Chateau Romassan all the grapes for this rose are hand picked, carefully selected and then pressed very lightly. The grapes used are Cinsault, Grenache and Mouvedre and the gentle pressing of these sun kissed red grapes give the rose its delicate coloring.
A beautifully delicate rose with surprising complexity. Notes of freshly cut berries are matched with just a hint of spice for a luscious rounded palate with a long lingering finish. Serve well chilled whilst sitting back and savoring the summer sunshine (When it arrives!!)
Summer Tasting - What to expectDate published: 13/05/13
This Wednesday (May 15th) evening will be our in-store summer tasting event (for which spaces are still available!) Far from being a stuffy, serious evening, this will be an informal gathering, with a chance to meet the team and for us to meet you! We will have a range of fine wines open, including a left bank/right bank Bordeaux comparison, Old World versus New World Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and sparkling wines from Nyetimber to put a bit of fizz into the evening! We will also have a selection of cheeses and nibbles to go along with the wines and you will be provided with tasting sheets so you can keep track of everything you have tried.
It's a fun opportunity to try some great wines and hopefully learn a few things in the process, kicking off at 6.30pm.
We look forward to seeing you there!
On the Tasting Counter - Perfect Pinot Noir!Date published: 11/05/13
Currently on the tasting counter available to taste is Burgogne Pinot Fin 2009, from Domaine Arnoux-Lachoux, a classic Burgundian Pinot Noir. £17.99
With a fresh, ruby hue on the eye, it has an inviting bouquet of ripe cherries with just a hint of something savoury, a peppery spiciness. This leads on to a moderately light, and nicely delicate texture on the palate with a silkiness of red fruits tempered with a dash of acidity. There is also an undercurrent of spiced notes, this is drinking beautifully on its own, but will complement soft cheeses and potentially develop with a couple of years cellaring.
A taste of ItalyDate published: 05/05/13
Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2009, Frescobaldi. This wine is a blend of several grape variaties including Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvingnon, produced just outside Florence. It is heavily influenced by the 24 month it spends in oak barriques. A ruby red in color and packed full of blackcurrant, raspberry and a sweet spice. An ideal wine to match with smoky flavors, so if the weather improves a great one for a barbecue and if not it would also work well with cured meats and smoked cheeses. Current price is £14.99 when purchased with any other Italian wine on the 20% offer.
Highlight from the tasting counterDate published: 04/05/13
Meursault Vieilles Vignes, 2010 Le Meurger £24. £20 buy 2 bottles save £8. This is an interesting and very affordable effort from Maison Le Meurger, made from fully hand-picked grapes. With a beautiful golden hue in the glass, this is quite restrained an subtle on the nose for Meursault. Aromas of golden apple and vanilla dominate with a touch of peach and a hint of nuttiness. The palate follows on impressively where this wine opens up and lemon and grapefruit flavours come through and the richness is balanced nicely by a backbone of good acidity. Candied fruits and vanilla notes linger at the end. Would be a good match with roast poultry, creamy chicken and with the acidity it would also pair nicely with grilled fish dishes. A real bargain at £20, come in and try it for yourself!
Wine of the Week: Rustenberg Roussanne 2011Date published: 14/04/13
Rustenberg are one of Stellenbosch's leading producers, specialising in quality Bordeaux blends, rich Chardonnays and elegant Sauvignon Blancs. However in this example Rustenberg have chosen a relatively unknown grape variety to create an unusual but delicious white wine. Roussanne hails from the Rhône Valley where it is the principal constituent of white Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Hermitage Blanc. It tends to produce full-bodied, quite alcoholic wines full of stone fruit flavours and when handled carefully has a clear minerality.
This Roussanne has a delicately aromatic nose of peach, apricot and white flowers. There is a hint of richness but it is surprisingly lean and refreshing. On the palate that richness comes to the fore in a full-bodied peachy mouthful. This is not a wine for the faint-hearted as it has a hefty alcoholic kick. That being said the alcohol is balanced by a fine acidity and rich fruitiness so carries it well.
A great food wine that should be paired with chicken or white fish in a creamy sauce.
Fine Wine Friday: Catena Alta Malbec 2009Date published: 05/04/13
Bodega Catena Zapata are one of Argentina's leading wineries and are the driving force behind Argentina's fairly recent production of Fine Wine. The Catena Alta range are their flagship wines and show all the hallmarks of classy and age-worthy Fine Wines.
The Catena Alta Malbec is produced from Catena's prime vineyards high in the Andes. The strong sunlight, fluctation of day and night temperatures and cool mountain air creates a perfectly balanced Malbec of great ripeness but with an underlying freshness and minerality.
A deep purple still youthful wine with a heady nose of blackcurrants and plums with a background of sweet vanilla spice and tobacco. This is an intense, full-bodied wine with lashings of black fruit and black pepper. The finish is long, sweet and satisfying. This is textbook Argentine Malbec of the highest order.
This is a superb red; complex and satisfying. A must try for any lovers of Malbec or full-bodied reds.
This is a wine destined for steak or roast beef. The perfect red meat wine.
Wine of the Week: Corimbo Ribera del Duero 2009Date published: 04/04/13
Corimbo is a project run by Bodegas Roda from Rioja. Roda are one of the driving forces behind high quality Rioja and their attention to detail and flair has been wonderfully transferred to Ribera del Duero.
Corimbo is always 100% Tempranillo (Tinta del Pais as it is locally known) and the 2009 was aged in only 10% new oak. The resulting wine is more fruit focused than some Ribera del Duero and has a delightful freshness. The nose is intriguing being dominated by dark cherry with a hint of espresso and dark chocolate. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh acidity and fine tannins that suggest a very fine ability to match with rich food. The dark cherry flavours persist alongside some mulberry fruit with an underpinning chalky/saline element. Overall an excellently balanced example of Tempranillo that is starting to drink well now, it is fully deserving of its 89 points from Robert Parker.
£19.99 when you buy 2 Spanish wines or £25.00 single bottle
This is a seriously good Ribera del Duero and for less than £20 is an absolute bargain. For any lovers of Rioja or Claret this is definitely worth a try. Whether familar with the delights of Ribera or not this is a wine that needs trying before this offer ends!
N.B: We have relatively low stocks of this wine available so contact us ASAP if you would like to place an order.
Wines of Spain tasting weekDate published: 04/04/13
From the 5th-11th April we will have a whole host of Spanish wines open to try, including a couple of real treats. With 20% of Spanish wines at the moment now is the time to discover the array of wines this beautiful country has to offer.
Spain has the most area under vine in the world and produces wines of stunning quality and great diversity. All too often people go for Rioja without exploring further into Spain's other regions. We have some exciting wines from Rias Baixas, Toro and Ribera del Duero to show you just what Spain has to offer. Equally we've got some delicious Riojas open from the region's leading producers, including a 1994 Gran Reserva that promises to be quite exciting.
The following wines will be opened during the week:
- Montenovo Godello 2011 £8.79
- Deusa Nai Albarino 2011 £9.99
- Matsu El Recio 2010 £12.79
- Marques de Caceres Reserva Rioja 2008 £11.99
- Muga Seleccion Especial Rioja 2006 £19.99
- Corimbo Ribera del Duero 2009 £19.99
- Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva Rioja 1994 £16.99
We look forward to seeing you in-store to taste them with us!
We are closed on Easter SundayDate published: 28/03/13
Please note that we will be closed on Easter Sunday, 31 March 2013. We are open our normal Friday hours on Good Friday and our bank holiday hours on Easter Monday.
Easter OffersDate published: 24/03/13
With Easter fast approaching Majestic have released a whole raft of offers to help keep the celebrations flowing over the Bank Holiday weekend. Here in Mayfair we've picked out the following as our favourites:
Louis Roederer Brut Premier £29.00!
Bollinger Special Cuvee £30.00 when you buy 6 bottles (£32.00 single bottle)
Laurent Perrier Rose £47.00
Chateau Chantalouette Pomerol 2007 £14.99 down from £19.99 when you buy 2 bottles! Now open on the tasting counter
Vina Ardanza Reserva Rioja 2004 £17.99 when you buy 2 Spanish wines! Now open on the tasting counter
Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012 £14.99 when you buy 2 bottles! Now open on the tasting counter
This is just a selection of the great offers available. It's worth remembering that we still have 20% of South African wines and now have 20% off our whole Spanish selection. There's enough to keep everyone satisfied over the Bank Holiday.
If you want further information on any of our offers or want to place an order give us a call or drop us an email.
Conde de Valdemar Rioja ParcelDate published: 24/03/13
Majestic have been lucky enough to secure a rare parcel of mature Rioja from the renowned bodega Conde de Valdemar. All of the wines are of Gran Reserva level ranging from 1980 up to 1998. These wines have been cellared at the Bodega since bottling and therefore have excellent provenance.
We have a number of different formats available ranging from standard 75cl bottles up to enormous 5l bottles of the '96 and '98 Vendemmia Seleccion Gran Reservas.
The Rioja's have come in 2 classifications. A normal Gran Reserva for a traditionally styled Rioja or the Vendemmia Seleccion which is 50% Tempranillo and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon for a smoother, more modern style.
The opportunity to sample such a variety of mature Rioja doesn't happen often so for any lovers of Spanish wine or mature reds its definitely worth having a go with this parcel.
The staff picks from Mayfair are:
1991 Gran Reserva £14.99 when you purchase 2 Spanish wines
1998 Vendemmia Seleccion Gran Reserva in magnum (£19.99) or in huge 5litre bottles (£75.00)
If you want anymore information on the Rioja parcel give us a call in store or drop us an email.
2004 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza ReservaDate published: 13/03/13
One of the very best Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the Bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the region's founding families.
The wine is aged in American oak from the Bodega's own co-operage for 36 months. With a rich nose of dark cherry, vanilla and smoked wood, the palate does not disappoint. This medium bodied wine is packed with flavour of red berries and sweet vanilla leading to a bitter sweet finish. It's no suprise then that is has an outstanding 93 points from Robert Parker. Great value for money, to be enjoyed now or over the next decade.
Mothers Day Reminder!Date published: 03/03/13
Just a reminder that it's Mothers Day next Sunday 10th March.
Why not celebrate with one of our current cracking Champagne deals:
Taittinger NV - £31
Perrier Jouet NV - £25
Ruinart NV - £40
Ruinart Rose - £50
Bollinger NV - £37
Wine ReliefDate published: 02/03/13
Majestic will be supporting the campaign with twelve Wine Relief wines. Between Tuesday 5th February and Monday 18th March, Majestic will donate 10% of the retail price of each bottle sold from the list below to Comic Relief.
Caronne Ste-Gemme 2007 £13.99
Pouilly Vinzelles ‘En Paradis’ Louis Latour 2011 £12.99
Lirac Domaine des Garrigues 2011 £8.99
Ch de Pennautier ‘Terroirs d’Altitude’ 2009 £8.99
Domaine de l’Aigle Pinot Noir 2010 £9.99
Domaine de l’Aigle Chardonnay 2011 £9.99
Dr L Riesling Loosen 2011 £7.99
Bardolino ‘Naiano’ Allegrini 2011 £8.49
Beringer Founders Chardonnay 2010 £10.99
BVC Cabernet Sauvignon Peter Lehmann 2010 £9.99
Cape Mentelle Cabernet Merlot 2010 £14.99
Testimonio Luigi Bosca 2010 £10.99
Beer of the Week: Anchor Steam BeerDate published: 18/02/13
Anchor Steam is one of the United States leading craft beers and has recently started being stocked by Majestic. It is a hoppy delight that has quickly become a staff favourite. It's unusual name comes from the 19th century term for beer produced on the West Coast of the US, which became naturally carbonated due to the primitive conditions and high temperatures of fermentation. Whilst brewing practices at Anchor Steam have developed since those days they still follow traditional methods resulting in a thick, creamy head and a satisfying rich flavour.
This is a cracking craft beer and a must try for any beer lovers.
£12.99 for 6
Buy 4x6 and save £12- £39.96
Wines of New Zealand Tasting WeekDate published: 15/02/13
We've got some great wines from New Zealand open all this week that showcase the variety and quality that the Kiwis have to offer. Although Sauvignon Blanc has been the driving force behind NZ's commercial wine success there is a lot more to their viticultural landscape. From beguiling Pinot Noirs to luscious Pinot Gris' New Zealand has become a country that satisfies any wine lovers palate.
Come in-store on Saturday 16th and taste what this beautiful country has to offer.
The Spain and Italy Week - Our FavouritesDate published: 10/02/13
Our week of free spain and italy tastings is now drawing to a close. Here are my two favourite picks from the selection we had on offer:
Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2009/2010 Ripasso La Casetta
Origin From the beautiful hilly villages east of Lake Garda, Ripasso wines have had a portion of the fermented, dried-skins from Amarone added to them. Valpolicella Ripasso therefore combines the power and class of the Amarone with the bright fruit of the classic Valpolicella.
Taste A beautiful deep ruby hue and lots of almost confected cherry, plum and berry fruits complemented by vanilla hints. Fine and rounded, a velvety smooth palate bursting with intense and complex flavours.
Enjoy The perfect companion for all types of meat and seasoned cheeses.
Deusa Nai Albariño 2011 Marqués de Cáceres, Rías Baixas
Origin Deusa Nai means 'mother goddess', and is the name given to a goddess representing the fertility of the earth in Galician folklore. The Albariño grape is equally ingrained in the local culture, accounting for 90% of the wine production in Galicia's Rías Baixas appellation.
Taste An intensely floral bouquet covers a backdrop of citrus and stone fruit aromas. A friendly palate of apricot and lime flavours, with a satisfyingly full texture and refreshing acidity.
Enjoy Try this with a baby octopus ceviche
The wines will be available to taste for one more day - so if you have time tomorrow pop in and taste the, before we move onto New Zealand - we can't wait!
Premium Hennessy Cognacs now availableDate published: 07/02/13
A few days ago, we had the opportunity to taste some of the top cognacs produced by Henessy. It was a real treat so we thought we would share our thoughts on them with you. If you're looking for a perfect gift, or something special for your drinks cabinet you can find the prestige cognac that is best suited to your palate.
The style of the three we tried were all dramatically different. The Henessy XO a big, meaty beast of a cognac, the Paradis delightfully elegant and delicate, the Paradis Imperial maintaining elegance while striking a perfect balance with incredible depth.
Hennessy XO – £140
Hennessy Paradis- £550
Hennessy Paradis Imperial- £1450
Richard Hennessy - £2250
All these cognacs are available in a very limited quantity – especially the Paradis and Paradis Imperial. Worldwide demand is exceeding the quantity produced, so if you'd like a chance to experience the bottled quality and history of these incredible cognacs, make sure you snap one up soon.
Wine Trivia #1Date published: 12/01/13
Now that we have moved into the New Year we thought it would be a good time to start with a bit of wine trivia. Each week we will bring you a fact or two that aims to capture your interest and occasionally surprise you (and us!).
Did you know that there are over 10,000 different varieties of wine grapes that exist with over 1000 grown in Italy. Much of these are simple table wines but they taste fantastic in the right setting!
A crop of newly planted grape vines takes around 5 years to grow before it can be harvested. In quality wine regions, where winemakers are aiming to produce some of the most prestigious wines in the world, vines are often left for 10 years or more before being used for their main wine. This is where the second wines, in Bordeaux in particular, have benefitted as the young, yet high quality, vines are used to produce these good value and increasingly popular wines.
Top 5 Ways to Match Food and WineDate published: 12/01/13
Taken from the Majestic Blog
Let’s kick off the New Year with some basic help when food and wine matching. I thought it’d be a good idea to share this top 5 with you as it’ll give those New Year healthy dishes an added flavour dimension… Top 5 Matching Maxims
1. Wines should complement, not dominate food. A delicate fish such as steamed sea bream will be overpowered by red wines.
2. Choose a wine that matches the most dominant flavour in a dish A full-flavoured sauce may well be a bigger influence than the main ingredient itself.
3. Complex wines for simple dishes; simple wines for complex dishes See this rule of thumb in action with paella. All those rich, flavour-packed ingredients require is a crisp, simple white wine.
4. Match the wine to the body, texture and flavour profile of the dish Cooking method affects the weight of a dish. Poaching and steaming presents meat or fish at its most delicate. Grilling, frying or roasting adds texture and caramelised flavours.
5. Always look out for local food specialities from a particular winemaking region This is especially true in Europe. For instance, the high acidity found in many Italian reds marries well with the high acidity in tomato sauces used in pasta dishes.
I’ll be trying to cut down on the indulgence and eat out a lot less this month too, so if the mood takes me I’ll spend more on wine for home than I usually would. Better food, better wine. Win win!
Christmas Delivery InformationDate published: 03/12/12
December is a very busy time for deliveries, and we will be keeping this page updated on a daily basis with our current turnaround times and schedule.
Our delivery schedule is extremely busy and filling up fast. We are now full for this weeks deliveries but can organise collections. We still have plenty of delivery slots available over the coming weekend and on Monday 24th December.
Trade Customer?Date published: 06/10/12
If you're shopping for a business please contact us on 020 7491 8433 and we can put you in touch with our dedicated Commercial team. We offer exclusive wines, free delivery and credit terms.
Need wine in a hurry? Call us now and to discuss your needs
Vega SiciliaDate published: 16/08/12
Before the late 70's Spain's highest acclaimed wines were few and far between. Vega Sicilia was unknown, and few people knew of the place where such a wine came from.
The Duero, the river which when flows through Portugal becomes the Douro famous for it's Port production. It's the low lying areas around the Duero where age old techniques and traditions take their place in Spain's wine making history. The wines of today are very different from those back then. The wines were of high alcohol, the reds in particular high in body and tannin, while most whites resembled that of oxidised sherry.
Vega Sicilia, arguably one of Spain's most famous wine estates descends from this region, the Valbuena de Duero. The vines being planted here during the 1860's at roughly the same time as in Rioja, however here mostly Bordeaux varieties were planted with only small quantities of Garnach and tempranillo found.
Recently added to our selection in store we are please to showcase three wines from Vega Sicilia.
Firstly the Valbuena 2007 at £110 per bottle. Made from the estates younger vines and fermented in stainless steel. It is aged for only 3 years in a combination of new and old oak. It has a garnet/cherry red colour and has exceptional softness and ripeness of fruit.
Vega Sicilia Unico 2002 at £250 per bottle: This is considered one of the world's greatest wines. It represents a benchmark in both Ribera del Duero and Spanish wine making. It's made primarily from Tempranillo and undergoes a lengthy 10 years maturation before release, 7 of which are in cask before bottling. This is a complex wine, with spice and black fruit, it has a savoury yet harmonious structure that is second to none.
Vega Sicilia Unico Reserva Especial NV at £265 per bottle: This is quite an interesting wine from the Vega Sicilia estate as it incorporates the tradition of blending reserve wines to create a 'house style' and brings together the benefits of multiple vintages. Vega Sicilia create a new blend each year and each release is expressive and aromatic, and although mature wines are used in the blend the final wine is still capable of aging for many years after release.
Why doesn't wine taste of grapes #1 - MaloDate published: 28/07/12
Malo-lactic fermentation is one of the key phrases one uses and hears in relation to wine-making, referring to a process that dramatically affects the flavour of a wine, but what is it exactly? Taking a step back; without fermentation, wine would just not be the same...it would be a non-alcoholic grape juice, tasting remarkably like the grapes it was made from. Why then, does wine very rarely taste like the grape juice and the grapes from which it was made?
The answer lies initially with fermentation, converting glucose (sugar) into alcohol and carbon dioxide. This process usually takes place aerobically (in the presence of oxygen) so some of the flavour compounds will develop due to contact with the air. This is not however the Malo-lactic fermentation referred to above, but alcoholic fermentation, Malo-lactic (or Malo) comes next, where the real taste changes occur.
The key to what Malo is and what it does is in the name - it is a fermentation that converts malic acid (the kind found in the skin of apples) into lactic acid (as found in milk). Malo does not change the alcoholic strength of the wine, as it is a bacterial fermentation, rather than alcoholic, the only change is in the flavour of the wine and the 'feel' of the acidity on the palate.
Wines that have undergone Malo have a softer mouth-feel, and often have a creamy or buttery aroma. Probably the best contrast between wines that have undergone Malo and not can be found in Burgundy; Chablis is a cooler climate region typified by racy green acid wines made from the Chardonnay grape, and Meursault makes wines also from Chardonnay that are rich, opulent, buttery, creamy and heavy. Part of this flavour difference comes from the Malo-lactic fermentation. Another good, if slightly off-piste example of the contrast given by Malo-lactic fermentation is in two wines made by Cloudy Bay, from the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety. The classic Cloudy Bay Sauvignon is very vibrant, racy, chocked full of citrus fruits, grass...even a hint of asparagus, whereas the Te Koko Sauvignon has a toasty, creamy texture, aromas of stone fruits and butter.
Malo is not limited to white wines, as almost all reds are softened by this process, although the flavour differences are not as apparent.
The next step that imparts flavour into newly made wine is maturation, but that's a topic for anther day.
Napa Valley in a nut-shellDate published: 24/07/12
With it's long sunny days and warm climate it's no surprise that the Napa Valley produces some of the best wines in the US if not the world. All manor of grape varieties are grown here due to the complex variances in soil type and temperature change. In the warmer area's of the northern and central areas of the region we find the most popular red varieties such as Cabernet and Zinfandel, with the Rutherford and Oakville vineyards making some of the best you can find here. Further south in the cooler climate the chardonnay, and the pinot are grown, and in recent years this area has also become a front runner in producing some of the best sparkling wines to be found outside of Champagne. Producers such as Louis Roederer and Mumm both produce some excellent examples.
Two of the best reds we have from this region are:
Dominus Napanook 2008, Christian Moueix, Napa Valley
"The 2008 Napanook (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot) may be one of the greatest Napanooks made. It is a deeper, richer, more intense wine with full body, an endearing texture and a long, pure finish. These two are “take your pick” vintages, but wine enthusiasts would probably be remiss in not having both 2007 and 2008 in their cellars". 93 points. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate. Available at £35.00
Decoy Zinfandel 2009, Duckhorn, Napa Valley
Duckhorn Vineyards was established in 1976 by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn, originally focusing on Bordeaux varieties. They have since embraced other grapes such as Zinfandel here, and grown to incorporate seven estates, representing the Napa Valley's various microclimates. A generous and straightforward wine, with a defined nose of blueberry, cherry and loganberry fruit, accented by soft vanilla oak. The palate is more robust, with the lush fruit framed by firm tannins. A great accompaniment to the savoury flavours of game, venison or duck confit. £19.99
The sun's out... Time for some Rosé?Date published: 20/07/12
So ditch those umbrellas, and dust off those barbecues, as it finally look as if we're getting some decent weather, for a few days at least! So, what to drink when the sun's out I hear you ask?
By far some of the most popular Rosé of recent times has been those of the Provence region. This area lies to the south west of France, to the west of Marseille and although some good red and white wines are produced here the main focus is for Rosé. The soil consists of mainly limestone and shale, the cool sea breeze allows the grapes (mostly Grenache, syrah, Carignan and Cinsault) to ripen perfectly and and not become over cooked. The wines are typically a soft salmon pink, and although the colour maybe soft, the body and power of the wine can be be quite substantial, along with the flavour intensity often quite bold. Flavour characteristics usually consist of soft berry fruit, ie recurrent, raspberry and strawberry, some even say they can taste the salty air from the sea in the wine.
The appellation itself was created in 1977 after it became a popular destination with French holiday makers, the norm for Rosé back then was strong under flavoured wines with low acidity. Since then though the standards have increased dramatically. Today there are over 400 producers most of which still make quality rosé along with soft supple reds.
A relatively new appellation, the Coteaux d'Aix en Provence was established in 1985 after many high quality wines were produced in the area, lying slightly in-land to the north of the region it has been producing excellent wines ever since. Our rosé selection is literally brimming with mouth watering wines from the Provence region, a perfect partner for those warm summer days we've seen so little of this year. With the weather set to stay warm and dry for a while why not come down and try some. A perfect example of such a wine is:
The AIX Rosé 2010 magnum, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence.
Grape: Grenache, Cinsault, Shiraz
An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have
established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum!
Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit.
A superb choice for any event, and the perfect match for canapés or sea-food.
Perfect Puligny!Date published: 14/07/12
When I think "Burgundy", I instinctively think "Puligny".
With Burgundy arguably producing some of the worlds best wines I wanted to take a closer look at one of my favourite regions of the area. Sandwiched neatly between Chassagne Montrachet and Meursault, the Puligny appellation with it's stony soil and good drainage on the sloping hills tends to lend the wine great minerality and freshness. The chardonnay grapes ripen very slowly here and retain good acidity which means many of the wines can be kept for many years after release. With very subtle oak influence, we find a wine with an exceptional lightness of touch and with incredible elegance. Compare this to it's neighbours and you'll find that both, especially the wines of Meursault, are fuller and rounder, and of a richer styles. Although fantastic wines in their own right, in my opinion they lack a little of the Puligny's elegance and grace. Of course this is due to the heavier hand of the oak and lees stiring, and is of the style of the region, however something tends to allways draw me back to the crisp, fresh citrusy style of the Puligny Montrachet every time. With some of the best producers in the world here owning some of the top vineyards, it's no wonder that they can command such high prices, but that's not to say you can't find that fantastic style at a fraction of the cost of say the Leflaive 1er Cru's if you're prepared to look. A fantastic example of this is the Puligny-Montrachet 2010 Domaine Henri Boillot at £35
Grown in the Les Enseignéres, Les Charmes and Les Houllières areas of Puligny-Montrachet. The wine is fermented and aged in only 25% new French oak, without any lees-stirring, resulting in a crisp white wine with greater freshness and focus than many similar white Burgundies. To be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years.
Rich, opulent, hedonistic and gorgeous!Date published: 13/07/12
The Côte d'Or, home to wines that make any avowed ABC'er (Anything But Chardonnay) weep, is full of very diverse, interesting and seductive wines. None more so than the home of richness, nuttiness and power; Meursault.
The name Côte d'Or translates as 'The Golden Slope', where the limestone topsoil sits atop ancient fault lines, planted with wines up the slopes to provide the grapes with the maximum exposure to Burgundy's sunlight.
Meursault sits between the predominately red producing regions of Volnay and Monthéle to the North, and Puligny Montrachet to the South, where the wines, made from grapes that are planted without break between the two communes, change in style from Opulent and nutty, to Puligny's more lively wine with an apricot aroma atop the classic peaches and cream.
In many ways, the very rich style, with an intense and thick mid-palate, nutty, creamy and soft texture and a powerful fruit and spice led finish, Meursault is the archetypical and paradine of Chardonnay that the rest of the world endeavours to emulate.
Sadly, the small size of producers and the intensity of harvesting the grapes and vinification takes its toll on the price, most 'village' Meursault starts at about £20...but when you get a good one, the rewards are great.
Two to try,
Louis Jadot Meursault 2008 £25
Louis Latour Meursault 'Château de Blagny' Premier Cru 2009 £30
Bolly, darling!Date published: 11/07/12
Sometimes, someone else has said something so succinctly, eloquently and perfectly that one cannot improve on it. Madame Lilly Bollinger once said :
"I drink it when I'm happy, and when I'm sad.
Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone.
When I have company I consider it obligatory.
I trifle with it if I'm not hungry
and drink it when I am.
Otherwise I never touch it, unless I am thirsty."
What can one really say, every situation is covered, every box ticked...I can almost hear the sound of corks popping whenever this is recited...
'Bolly' Special Cuvée is probably my favourite champagne because of its rich and toasty flavours, weighty mid-palate and a long, elegant and seductive finish.
James Bond also has supped Bollinger on many occasions...007 is a big fan of the Grande Année Vintage, and occasionally drinks RD, the Grande Année that has been left on its lees (the yeast cells that have provided the secondary fermentation) for much longer.
The Bollinger family also includes two Rosé champagnes, a non-vintage and a Grande Année vintage, staying true to the powerful yet elegant style of the house.
Maybe tonight will be a Bolly night...
Pinot Pinot everywhereDate published: 09/07/12
Some say it is the most seductive of grape varieties, other that it is the most fickle...Vintners often say anything that can go wrong, will with Pinot...
Why is it my favourite (and that of the characters in Sideways)? First of all, the thin-skined nature of the grape does not impart that much tannin, nor extract in the wine, so fruit flavours really come to the fore. Secondly, generally Pinot Noir is grown in cooler climates, so the flavour specturm rarely reaches jammy and cooked, rather staying in the lighter and more floral aroma characters, along with red and black cherries. Thirdly, Pinot is a rather high (for a red wine) acid grape variety, so the flavours are fresh and reviving, which also means that it is a fantastic partner to food. Fourthy, Pinot Noir often acquires an etherial quality with age, savoury and smokey aromas beguile whilst the seductive fruit on the palate caresses, and all this over a much shorter duration that Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines.
There are many more reasons why I love Pinot Noir, I shall not go into them today, but one last thought is that the typicity and flavour of where the grapes are grown influence the flavours profoundly, resulting in very different flavours across all the regions where it is grown. Generally, New World Pinot is more fruity, Old World (ie Burgundian) is more savoury and becomes much more earthy with age.
A few highlights - Martinborough Vineyards (Martinborough, New Zealand) £24.00 when you buy 2+ NZ
- Quarty Reef (Central Otago, New Zealand) £14.99 when you buy 2+ NZ
- Louis Latour Aloxe Corton (Aloxe Corton, Burgundy, France) £28
- Nicolas Potel Pommard (Pommard, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France) £19.99
Margaux Vs St EmillionDate published: 07/07/12
This week on the tasting counter we have two Bordeaux heavyweights fighting it out to win the highly contested title of 'Wine of the Week'. In the red corner we have the sublime Super Second of Cantenac Brown, the damson-perfumed Margaux 'Brio de Cantenac 2007'. In the blue, the Grand Cru 'Chataeu Grand Corbin 1999' may be a more mature St Emillion, but it still has plenty of fight left in it. Will the silky, seductive Margaux sneak into first place or will the lush, rich St Emillion wrestle the trophy from the Brio's hands?
The Brio de Cantenac isn't pulling any punches in this faithful expression of Margaux wines; an elegantly structured claret with a typical heady perfume of violets and cedar, this well-balanced wine is backed up by lashings of blackcurrent and bramble fruit. A wine of firm, taut character.
The Grand Corbin, opts for brute force over the wiles of the Brio, offering lush, rich fruit of plum jam and cherry pie. A fully mature wine, its tannins may have softened a bit around the edges but the Corbin still has a bit of a bite. 12-14 months aging in Vosges and Allier oak adds a little bit of spice - but is it enough to deliver a winning performance?
In the end, the beguiling Brio de Cantenac edges forward and smacks the Grand Corbin to the ground. That's not to say it didn't put up a good fight - the reddish tinged Corbin shows that it's had plenty of experience in the ring, serving up plenty of secondary characteristics with ample, ripe fruit - but the elegance and potential of the Brio has us cheering it on. Already delicious, the Brio could be laid to rest for a few more years before coming back, firing on all cylinders. The Grand Corbin, on the other hand, may be heading towards retirement. At very different places in their careers, the Brio de Cantenac is our Staff Wine of the Week and the Chateau Grand Corbin limps home with its dignity in tact.
Both wines are available to taste on our Tasting Counter.
Brio de Cantenac 2007 - £19.99, £18.99 when you buy 2 bottles as part of a mixed case
Chateau Grand Corbin 1999 - £19.99, £15.99 when you buy 2 bottles as part of a mixed case
Deliveries over the OlympicsDate published: 05/07/12
We are open and delivering as usual over the duration of the Olympics - albeit with some limitations due to road closures and restrictions on stopping.
If you need anything, give us a call in store and we will do our upmost to fulfill our normal customer service. Please give as much notice and flexibility as possible.
Any questions or queries, let us know and we'll do our best!
Louis Roederer Vintage Champagne 2004Date published: 19/05/12
We are really excited to have newly in, Louis Roederer Vintage Champagne 2004. It's rich, full-bodied and elegant and is everything a champagne should be and more. It has a firm structure and is a champagne for those who enjoy a more complex style. We recommend you visit soon while stocks last!
Californ-I.A.!!Date published: 09/05/12
We have four great new wines in from California which we heartily recommend. Two from Flowers Vineyard and two Caymus wines.
Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 is world class, rare and perfectly formed. From the Napa valley it displays all that is good about Californian wines. Deep, almost crimson in colour, with concentrated aromas of cassis and plum on the nose and dark berry fruits, ripe currant and cocoa, framed by toasty oak on the palate. It's incredibly rich and full-bodied with great structure and silky tannins, and a long velvety finish. (£90 per bottle).
Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 is a more affordable option but still has powerful aromas of blackberry and dark cherry, with notes of vanilla, cocoa and rose petal. It has incredible structure and finesse. Drink it over the next ten years. (£52 per bottle).
Flowers Vineyard is a boutique winery located very close to the coast in the Sonoma region, where they make a classy Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (2007 vintages).
The Pinot Noir has classic Burgundian influences, from a range of Burgundy pinot clones. 90% estate-grown grapes are hand-picked and sorted, de-stemmed and wild-fermented in traditional small open-top vats. Finish comes from 11 months in new and old French oak. (£45.00 per bottle)
The Chardonnay is is 100% barrel fermented and spends 10 months in French oak. There are aromas of lemon drop, pear, apricot and wet stone minerality. This vintage shows crispness and intense citrus fruit on the palate with roundness in the mouth feel. (£45.00 per bottle)
Great British Fizz!Date published: 27/04/12
With Summer (hopefully) just round the corner, what better time to stock up on some celebratory bubbles? And with the Jubilee, the Olympics, and Wimbledon only a short time away why not go British!? Recently stocked sparkling wine from the popular Nyetimber estate at £24.99, a great drop, and excellent value. And not to forget the Chapel Down Estate range is available with prices starting from £14.99 for the Chapel Down NV Brut. This is a superb fresh and fruity style, and would be the perfect choice for those long summer evenings watching the tennis, or taking along to a picnic and enjoying with some strawberries and cream.
Without doubt these elegant, well made sparkling wines easily rival their more established French cousins in Champagne, but why not taste for yourself?
Will Andy Murray do it this year? Or will we come top of the tables in the Olympic Games? Maybe not, but lets hope the rain holds off at least, and if it doesn't? Well, you'll have a nice glass of tasty English fizz to console yourself with.
Château Palmer Date published: 19/04/12
Arguably the classic third growth Margaux, Château Palmer is rolling into Majestic Mayfair in just a few short days. This small parcel of superb Bordeaux consists of Palmer 1989, 1986 and 1985, three great vintages that offer seductive, luscious dark fruits with typical hints of cedar and cigar, cassis, with a deep concentration of flavour. All three are drinking beautifully now with the 1985 reaching peak maturity now. Alongside these mature vintages we have a few cases of the 1996, a vintage that fared best for Bordeaux's left bank appellations - and it shows here in Palmer's expression. Drinking well now, or over the next five years, it won't disappoint.
Château Palmer 1985 - £210
Château Palmer 1986 - £210
Château Palmer 1989 - £395
Château Palmer 1996 - £210
Limited availability - call now on 020 7491 8433 to reserve!
New style sampling at Majestic MayfairDate published: 18/01/12
What a way to kick start the new year than by having a brand new sampling machine and, as always, tasting is free! Next time you're visiting us, you can expect to try these amazing winter warmers;
Cheval des Andes 2007(Cheval Blanc/Las Terrazas), Numanthia 2007, Afincado Malbec2007 and Afincado Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 both by Terrazas de los Andes.
Ridge VineyardsDate published: 31/10/11
This week in-store we've got our hands on some of the finest wine that America has to offer, courtesy of California's "Ridge Vineyards". Famous for their triumph at the 1976 Judgement of Paris, achieving 1st place with their Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon, Ridge wines surely are the champions of champions. Get your hands on their 2007 Monte Bello for just £100! If this delicious, competitively-priced wine is a bit rich for your blood, their second wines offer even more bang for your buck;
Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel, 2009, Alexander Valley at £30 - 94 points, Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate.
Ridge Lytton Springs 2009, Dry Creek Valley at £30 - 95 points, Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate.
Ridge Estate Cabernet 2008, Santa Cruz Mountains at £35.
Wines shipped, world-wideDate published: 25/06/11
If your visiting us from overseas and you like the look of some of our wines then why don't you take advantage of our shipping facility. We can get your wines to you within days, and to make it even easier we can help you claim back the VAT. Just ask staff in store for more information.
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Daniel Senior ManagerI joined Majestic in 2009 and have had the pleasure of working in some of our busiest central London stores. I believe that perfect wine exists for every occasion so struggle to choose absolute favorites. I am currently completing my WSET Diploma and have a great deal of experience finding the perfect companion for your chosen menu. If it’s your first time at Majestic, let us start at the tasting counter and I will pick you six wines that will blow your mind!
James Senior Assistant ManagerDuring my time with Majestic, which includes working at the Fine Wine Centre in St. John's Wood, I believe I have sampled some of the best wines we have to offer in the company. I hope to bring my passion for the finest wines from across the world, particularly those of Bordeaux and Burgundy, to our store here in Mayfair and convince you that it is always about quality over quantity (though if we can have both, then all the better!).
Sam Trainee ManagerMayfair is my second posting, having previously worked in the St John's Wood branch. I've been working with some great wines and shall certainly do my best to impart my knowledge. I demand splinters of wood in my wine! If it has oak in the chances are i'll love it. Other than wine I enjoy squash, rugby, skiing and recently ran the Marathon du Medoc in Bordeaux!
Thomas Trainee ManagerNew to Majestic but not the wine industry as a whole. I have a soft spot for Spanish Reds after living in Spain for a few years and I'm thoroughly looking forward to heading out to Rioja later this year to visit some of the wineries first hand. I'm currently studing my WSET Diploma, so unfortunately will have to train my palate further by tasting as many wines as possible - it's a hard life. Come down and get involved too with some of our free wines courses or in store tastings here at Mayfair!
Tomasz DriverHailing from the picturesque city of Chorzów in Poland it's Tom who makes sure your wine reaches you on time and in pristine condition. He enjoys motorbiking, snowboarding, travelling and nothing better than sipping on a cool pint of Peroni after a hard day's delivery driving.